As you know, the purpose of using a water softener is to soften water. However, this is quite subjective. The truth is that there is both hard water and soft water. The soft water is preferable because of its moderate magnesium and calcium levels. When water is considered hard, it means it contains a heavy build-up of both magnesium and calcium that can counteract the effect of detergents and soaps.
In some instances, boiling hard water can make it soft. However, this is dependent on the hardness level. The best option is to use an ion exchange unit or a water softener.
The water softener works by reducing the magnesium and calcium levels by filtering water through zeolite or resin. As water passes through the substance, the sodium ions are exchanged with magnesium and calcium ions. In this way, water becomes soft. Ideally, water softeners make a huge difference as far as your health is concerned. The following are some of their benefits.
Minimize Damage to Kitchen Utensils
You should note that kitchen utensils are quite susceptible to hard water. This is because in most times they are in contact with water. The truth is that hard water can make items like pans, kettles, teapots, and cooking pots develop soap film, dullness, and etching. Other than the damage of hard water on kitchen utensils, it can as well irritate the interior of pots and kettles when boiling hard water. Thus, your kitchen utensils will look dirty and even have an odd taste. This is because of the magnesium and calcium ions left behind.
Keep the Skin Smooth
When you are bathing with hard water in combination with shampoo and soap, you can develop soap scum on your body and also make the skin become sticky. This is because of magnesium and calcium in hard water. You should note that rinsing cannot get rid of the mixture. Rather, the film will clog your pores. This may result in bacteria growing leading to skin irritation, rash development, and itchy skin. Recent studies show that use of water softer can cause acne.
Minimal Maintenance of Hot Water Heaters
Whenever hard water goes through the electric water heaters, minerals found in water build up at a high rate. When this happens quite often, the water heater breaks as a result of mineral deposits that prevent water from getting to the heating element. This is bound to affect your gas heaters in a similar manner.