If you’ve been considering installing a water softener, here’s how to know if you should take the leap.
Anyone who lives in Calgary knows we have very hard water here — you can feel it on your skin and the roughness of just-washed clothes, taste it in your coffee, and see it on the glass of your shower stall and around the openings of your faucet.
The hardness of a municipality’s water is determined by the levels of calcium and magnesium dissolved in it. This City of Calgary webpage explains in more detail and offers measurements of how hard the water in Calgary is.
Just what benefits can you expect to see from a water softener in your home?
Our customers list the softness of their skin as one of the key motivations for getting a water softener. While hard water leaves your skin dry and scaly, soft water leaves it feeling soothed and softened. Not only that, but you use less soap and shampoo as well, because soft water lends itself to a richer, easier lather.
Similarly, you’ll need less detergent to wash your clothes, and they’ll stay softer, and wear out more slowly.
Cleaning is easier as well, without the scaling on shower stalls and faucets.
Benefits to Your Appliances and Fixtures
Soft water makes cleaning easier and it also prolongs the life of any appliance with water running through it. This includes the dishwasher, coffee pot, hot water tank, fridge, washing machine and humidifier.
Your water heater runs more efficiently with less build-up in it, and you’ll notice that you’re only replacing the pads in your humidifier every 2-3 years instead of annually thanks to the lack of build-up.
Meanwhile, you also save on plumbing service calls because your toilet stays clear of calcium build-up, meaning it continues to flush smoothly as time goes by.
So Is It For You?
A water softener can be expected to last 10-15 years for a simple, baseline model, and 15-20 years for a higher end model. It generally takes about five or six years to see a return on your investment.
We have had customers who loved their water softener so much; they took it with them when they moved! Just be aware that if you install a water softener, move in the near future, and don’t take it with you, you may need to just install one at your new house. In our experience, once you’ve lived with softer water, you will have a hard time living with the effects of hard water again! It’s easy for us to remove your water softener from your old home and install it in your new home, and the costs are minimal.