Benefits of Clean Water
Water testing is valuable in determining what treatment needs to be done for your water. Having a certified lab do your testing gives you an independent evaluation of your water. This allows you to work with your Water Treatment Professional to decide on methods to improve your water.
Reap the benefits of treated water! Nationally, eight out of ten homes do not have naturally soft water. Even municipally treated water and water drawn from wells may still have excessive levels of hardness. Have you tested your water for hardness yet?
Clean Water Helps With:
- People with allergies and on medication should consider a water treatment system.
- Soft water has even been shown to reduce diaper rash!
- Conditioned water can make your hair and skin healthier. Hard water keeps soaps and shampoos from lathering and rinsing off as they should. Your skin and hair may be left with a sticky film which blocks pores and attracts and holds bacteria. This causes chapping, itchiness, and dryness. Conditioned water reduces this wear-and-tear on the skin and hair, so they’ll be softer and shinier.
- Your hair and skin will get cleaner. This is because hard water, with all of its minerals, keeps soap from lathering as it should and working as it ought to. With softened water, your skin will glow and your hair will shine!
- Your hair and skin will be softer, suffering less wear-and-tear. Hard water leaves an invisible film on skin that blocks pores and attracts and holds bacteria. This causes chapping, itchiness, and dryness.
- Your hair will become more manageable because it’s cleaner and softer.
- Extend the life of your hair color. Acid water or water containing iron can change the color of your hair, even turning blonde hair green!
- Untreated water can cause aesthetic problems with food and beverages that require water use, e.g. pasta, rice, tea, and coffee.
- Softening your water will make ice look clear not cloudy, taste clean, and smell fresh.
- Buy less soap, detergent, shampoo, and household cleaners
- The hardness in water counteracts the alkalinity of a cleaner, such that some of the cleaner combines with the minerals in hard water to form a build-up. The amount of the cleaner that combines with the hardness minerals doesn’t lather or dissolve. Because less of the soap/shampoo/detergent lathers and dissolves, more is required.
- The build-up itself requires cleaning off (of your skin, hair, tub, appliances, etc.) so even more of the cleaning agent is required!
- Replace clothes and fabrics less often
- Reduce your fuel and electricity bills
Fabrics wears out up to 15% faster when washing with hard water. This is probably from residue in the fabric that stiffens it, increasing friction and wear on the fabric as it flexes. The increased wear-and-tear that fabrics washed in hard water suffer may also be because the effectiveness of detergents – which help lubricate fabric and prolong its life – is reduced by hard water.
A Purdue University study found that, by washing fabrics in hard water:
- Colors fade faster.
- Whites darken or yellow faster.
- Fabrics aren’t as soft; they stiffen more.
- Laundry doesn’t get as clean.
- Laundry resoils with greater ease.
Your soaps will be more effective and you’ll get things cleaner with conditioned water. A water conditioner pays itself off in savings from overuse of cleaning supplies.
- Eliminate staining of sinks, toilets, tubs and fixtures from acid and iron.
- Household surfaces and appliances are easier to clean. This is because hard water counteracts the alkalinity of household cleaners, such that it reduces their effectiveness.
- You can eliminate residue on your bathtubs, toilets, sinks, tile, appliances, etc. Hardness minerals combine with soaps and household cleaners to form a sticky, insoluble scum.
- You’ll also notice less spotting on dishes, windows, cars, etc.
There are several ways in which hard water will cause you to have to replace your appliances, plumbing, and fixtures earlier than you should have to:
- Appliances have to work harder and more often with hard water, and thus will have to be replaced sooner. Hard water forces you to run extra wash and rinse cycles in your washing machine and dishwasher. Likewise, hard water forces you to use appliances that heat water longer because it takes longer to get through the scale to heat the water.
- Scale insulates the heat source of any electric heating elements in your home. The insulating scale will cause appliances to overheat – and have to be replaced.
- Calcium and magnesium deposits can build up in pipes, decreasing your plumbing system’s performance. Eventually, pipes can become completely clogged.
- The build-up of deposits from hard water causes excessive wear on moving parts, causing premature failure of appliances.
- The effects of hard water are serious. A study by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) found that washing machines used with hard water can wear out up to 30 percent faster. This means that a washing machine that should last 10 years will last only 7 years when hard water deposits form in it.