Water Softeners Save Homeowners Time, Money and Headaches
(ARA) - Do you notice spotting on your clean dishes and glasses when you unload your dishwasher? Are your sinks, tubs and toilets rust stained? Can you see scaling or mineral buildup in your coffeemaker? These are some of the telltale signs that your home has hard water.
Based on recent surveys by the USGS and Purdue University, "more than 70 percent of U.S. homes have moderately hard to extremely hard water," notes Mark Laucella, marketing manager for Aqua-Pure, a leader in the water purification industry. Hard water simply refers to water that contains the minerals calcium or magnesium, or a combination of both. "When it rains, acid from the rainwater brings minerals found in the ground into the water supply," explains Laucella. To find out if your home has hard water, check with your local municipal water and sewer department for the latest water analysis in your area. Web sites such as the EPA's www.epa.gov/safewater also provide information on local water supplies. And you can also have your water tested on your own.
But chances are if you have hard water, you already know it - you may have noticed "lime" or "scale" buildup on plumbing fixtures and in appliances that use water - especially hot water heaters. And hard water makes cleaning more difficult; your clothes may look dingy and your shower, tub and sinks may be spotted, streaked or stained. Luckily, solving a hard water problem is simple. Installing a water softener in your home will improve the quality of your water and get rid of the pesky symptoms caused by hard water.
It's not just a matter of appearances or convenience, either. Soft water has many benefits, and can even save homeowners money. Here are a few benefits of soft water that may surprise you:
* Longer-lasting appliances - preventing scale buildup extends the life of appliances that use water such as hot water heaters, dishwashers, and clothes washers.
* Healthier looking, better feeling skin and hair - soft water washes and rinses easier, so skin doesn't dry out and hair has better texture and shine.
* Longer life for your clothes - A Purdue University study found that clothing washed in hard water wears out up to 40 percent faster than clothes washing in soft water. Also, colors fade and whites become dingy more quickly in hard water.
* Energy savings - Eliminating scale build-up can improve the efficiency of your hot water heater by up to 30 percent.
* Save money and time - You'll use less soap, laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent and you'll save on cleaning time, since soft water helps eliminate spots, streaks and scum on fixtures, tubs, showers and toilets.
When choosing a water softener, look for a unit that has a high capacity, premium ion-exchange resin to ensure a continuous supply of softened water with a minimum of salt usage; smart electronics that will save additional money on salt and water by monitoring your water consumption and automatically adjust to your families changing water usage pattern; a heavy-duty tank with a safety brine valve to prevent overflow of the brine tank during power outages; and a unit that can use inexpensive types of salt. Laucella recommends consulting with a plumbing professional who can advise you on the system that is most appropriate for your home and water condition.
Cuno Incorporated has been a leader in premium water filtration systems for more than 90 years. The company's patented and proprietary products are used by major restaurant chains, cruise ships and pharmaceutical companies and can be found in millions of residential homes across the United States and the world. They are available to homeowners through plumbing contractors and wholesalers; to find an Aqua-Pure dealer near you, visit www.aquapure.com or call (800) 222-7880.
Courtesy of ARA Content
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