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Is Water Softening Necessary?

Maryland homeowners often experience hard water, but there’s a good chance that they never even realize they have an issue or that their water is abnormal. Hard water leads to a variety of problems including spots on glasses, staining in tubs and showers, scale accumulation on pipes and premature wear and tear on appliances that use water. If you aren’t sure whether or not water softening is necessary for your home, you can work with Hague Quality Water of Maryland. We offer water testing and softening solutions so that your water is safe, clean and easy to drink and use. Do you really need to invest in a water softener?

What Is Hard Water?

Did you know that 85% of Americans have some level of hardness in their water supply? Hard water is water that has elevated levels of certain minerals, like calcium and magnesium. This does not mean that the minerals were added in. Instead, it can happen naturally during the water cycle with well water or city water. While hard water is safe to drink, it can lead to a variety of expensive issues that can be a headache to remedy.

What Is a Water Softener?

Water softeners are innovative systems that are designed to swap the minerals in hard water with less harmful compounds, like potassium chloride or sodium. Most water softening systems use negatively charged resin beads that will attract the positive ions in magnesium, lime and calcium. Once it pulls them out, it will release the sodium or potassium ions into the water. This lowers the level of minerals in the water and does not negatively impact the taste.

What Are the Signs That You Need Water Softening?

There are many different signs that you could benefit from water softening.  The team at Hague Quality Water of Maryland is always here to help you in determining whether or not you have a hardness issue. Some of the signs that you might be able to benefit from water softening include:

  • Water spots on dishes or glasses
  • Poor lathering from detergent and soaps
  • Soap scum and discoloration on porcelain, sinks, showers and tubs
  • Scale forming on pipes
  • Clothing that has wear and tear faster than normal, with dulled colors or that doesn’t feel clean even after washing it
  • Skin irritation
  • Dry skin or dry hair

Appliances and soaps are designed with clean, soft water in mind, so they perform poorly when used alongside hard water instead. Using hard water and choosing not to soften it can lead to damage to water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, faucets and even coffee makers.

Is Hard Water Dangerous?

No! It’s important to know that, even though hard water can put a strain on your plumbing and lead to a range of unpleasant consequences, it is not dangerous to drink. Calcium and magnesium are minerals that your body will consume and expel any excess without causing any harm to you. The primary dangers of hard water are to your plumbing and water using appliances rather than your health.

Could You Benefit from Water Softening?

Some of the many benefits of working with Hague Quality Water of Maryland for water softening include:

  • Improved water quality
  • Less skin irritation or soap residue
  • Cleaner dishes and cups
  • Clothes that don’t fade and that feel clean and soft after coming out of the washing machine
  • Lower soap and detergent usage
  • Improved appliance performance, along with reduced energy consumption and wear and tear

If you aren’t sure what type of water softening system is right for you, we can walk you through our diverse range of options to find something that is perfect for your water, your budget and your other needs. The investment that you make now in softening your water will pay off when your water tastes better, your appliances last longer and you don’t need to worry about increased wear and tear on your clothing. We are proud to be a leader in water softening technology and have the perfect system for your needs.

Contact Hague Quality Water of Maryland to Improve the Quality of Your Water

If you are concerned about the quality or contents of your water, we are here to help with your water improvement projects. Whether you need the WaterMax® to address your family’s water softening needs, or a more compact system like the Pura-Tech System, our team can help.  For additional assistance, call Hague Quality Water of Maryland at (410) 757-2992.