Water can sometimes trick us. It can look clear, taste fine and appear to have no problems, but sometimes we need to look closer.

Understanding the common elements found in groundwater tells us that water can be hard or soft. The presence of hard water in American homes is all too common, and it can negatively affect your skin and anything else you wash. To fix this problem, you may need a water softener. Read on to learn what a water softener does and if you may need one.

What Does a Water Softener Do?

To determine if you should get a water softener, you need to know what the system does to help.

Hard water has high levels of magnesium and calcium that make it difficult for soap to lather on your skin or dishes. Water softeners use negatively charged resin beads containing sodium to neutralize the positive magnesium and calcium ions. This process creates soft water, given its name for its beneficial effects.

Soft water is safe to drink and benefits your body, clothes and dishes. In fact, soft water allows soap to lather on your skin so you get a deep clean. Hard water is abrasive on your body and can cause irritation that can lead to eczema. Dry skin can cause premature wrinkles, clogged pores and itchiness. You can decrease the harshness hard water has on your skin and hair with a water softener.

How to Know If You Need a Water Softener

Soft water can solve several issues you may have in your home. However, the people who may need a water softener might not know what to look for. You can tell if your home could use this system based on a few observations. Here are a few reasons you may need a water softener:

  • Limescale deposits: You may notice a buildup of “scales” on your shower head, teapot or dishwasher. Hard water shows up in this way, often in multiple areas of the house.
  • Dry skin or hair: If your hair is frizzy or your skin feels “squeaky,” hard water may be stripping necessary moisture from your body.
  • Soap buildup in the tub: If you see or feel residue covering your bathtub, that may be because the soap never dissolved in your water. Soft water creates a lather that washes away, whereas hard water keeps soap residue on surfaces.
  • Higher water bills: Hard water can. make your pipes need to work harder, which can run up your utility bills. In the worst cases, this can damage the pipes over time, and you may need to find a replacement

Most homes with groundwater have hard water, according to a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) water treatment expert. If you are unsure if this applies to your house, the best thing to do is call a professional technician like Culligan Water to perform a test.

Culligan Water Has Water Softeners for Your Home

We at Culligan Water specialize in individualized water treatment solutions for your home. Hard water can create a host of issues, but our combined 80 years of experience in the field can find the solution for you. To learn more about our High Efficiency water softener, call us at 717-746-0379 or make an appointment today!