Hard water in the house isn’t a big enough problem that has most of us running to buy a water conditioner to soften the water. It may even feel like one of those nice to have things for a house especially as hard water isn’t harmful. But one of the most important reasons to invest in a whole house water conditioner is to preserve the longevity of your house, in particular it’s plumbing.
Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates, and sulfates. Over time these minerals cause a buildup in pipes and that leads to issues of reduced water flow through your pipes. The buildup also impacts your home appliances like your washer, hot water heater, and dishwasher. Hard water also leaves behind soap buildup or other deposits. And hard water leads to higher water bills as you will use more water to meet your household needs. Consequently, over time not only will you spend more time cleaning up after the water deposits, but you will also find that your appliances wear down faster and that your water flow will reduce and you’ll be paying extra for all of this. So not only do you not get to relax in your shower with full water pressure from your shower head, you have to spend extra time cleaning up, pay more money to repair or replace your appliances, and you have a much higher water bill than is necessary.
Because of hard water you may have soap scum buildup in your sinks and bathtubs. You may also feel like your hands aren’t ever soap free; there’s a kind of a slimy feel that is left behind. How do you handle the soap residue? Well you have three options. The first is regular intensive cleaning of the soap scum, or investing in special cleaning products that eliminate such build up, or letting the soap scum build up. So either you spend more time clearing, spend more money on cleaning, or spend money replacing items. None of which you would have to worry about if you have a home water conditioner.
Moreover, it is important to remember that water is the universal solvent. So as it goes through the various pipes and routes to get to your home, more and more substances will dissolve into it. And this should be of great concern to all of us because this infrastructure was laid out several years ago and as it ages there is more seepage and absorption from around the pipes, so the water that reaches to your house is full of extra minerals and contaminants. Houston Water Solutions is the area’s local dealer for the Pro Elite™ water conditioner system, a patented appliance from PENTAIR. The Pro Elite water conditioner system works like a magnet to attract minerals and other pollutants that pass through a city’s municipal treatment facility or collect en route through aging pipelines.
There is a lot of joy and pride that comes with home ownership. And sometimes the “nice to haves” slip lower on our lists as we have to make large financial decisions. However your home’s beauty and longevity is what keeps and increases its value, therefore it is worth considering moving water conditioning from the “nice to have” column to a “must have” column as you can see in the long run the costs associated with repairs, maintenance, bills, or replacements are much higher than the initial investment into a water conditioning system.