If you have hard water, we absolutely recommend looking into buying a water softener system. It isn’t just one of those things businesses try to convince you that you need, but serves no purpose.
Water softeners are the solution to hard water and the damaging effects it can have on you and your home.
Hard Water Is Full of ‘Hard’ Minerals
Hard water is called that because of the higher levels of calcium and magnesium in the water, which is what is so harsh on your hair, skin, and plumbing.
The higher the levels of calcium and magnesium, the harder your water is, and the more film and buildup you’ll experience.
Water in Ottawa Ranges From Soft to Hard
Depending on where you live, your water will have different levels of hardness.
If you are on the City of Ottawa system, your water comes from the Ottawa River. Water from the Ottawa River, once treated, is considered soft. It has 30 mg/L (out of parts per million) of total hardness.
Water sourced from groundwater or wells is often much harder, due to naturally occurring magnesium and calcium. The well system in Richmond has as high as 270 mg/L of hardness.
Even if it is already classified as ‘soft’, a water softener can further improve the quality and taste of your water.
Benefits of Water Softeners
Having a water softener gives you a lot of benefits, both for your health and your home.
1. Healthier, Softer Skin
If you’ve always used hard water to wash your skin, you may not know there is any other way to feel. You’ve gotten used to feeling dry after a shower, and needing massive amounts of moisturizer to help reduce irritation.
You’re about to be pleasantly surprised. It turns out that the type of soap you use, the moisturizer brand, or a genetic predisposition to dry skin might not be to blame. One of the benefits of a water softener is that the removal of the minerals will make the water more gentle on your skin.
2. Shiny, Strong Hair
Hair, especially for those of us with a lot of it, requires a lot of care. You spend a lot of time making sure you’re using the best shampoo, conditioner, and products that will keep it healthy.
You could be losing that battle before you even reach for the soap. Washing your hair in hard water could be the reason it feels dull, brittle, and looks damaged.
Just like your skin, hard water dries out your hair, and the minerals and ions can make it feel and look damaged.
Even with all the moisture-infused products on the shelves of salons across the world, the best way to get your hair looking and feeling healthy is to wash it in the right kind of water: soft water free of chemicals and damaging minerals.
3. Clothes Are Softer and Look Cleaner
If soft water can do that much for your skin and your hair, imagine what it can do to your clothes! Remember the last time you bought a brand new, soft sweater that was going to become your new favourite? What happened when you washed it? It stopped being as soft.
It’s not your laundry detergent. This is one of the effects that hard water has on you clothes. Just like your skin and hair, it can dry out material.
It can also leave that mineral buildup soap can’t quite cut through, making you think your clothes are still dirty.
Soft water won’t leave the mineral buildup, meaning your clothes, like your hair and skin, will become fresh and ‘healthy’ again. No more having to wash them twice because they still look dirty, or lamenting the lack of softness.
4. Removes Any Unwanted Tastes from Your Drinking Water
We’ve mentioned the ‘earthy’ taste that can come from the water. Depending on your water source, that earthy taste can have traces of everything from hard minerals to metallics like iron.
Everyone’s taste is different. Many people prefer the taste of soft water to hard water because it doesn’t have the taste of minerals, fluoride, chloramine, or any other additives, natural or chemical.
A water softener will help remove the things you’d rather not be drinking. Instead, you turn on your tap and can drink fresh, professional-grade filtered water at any time.
5. Soft Water Is Easier on Your Pipes and Appliances
Soft water really is softer on everything. Your plumbing and your appliances won’t see that scale buildup that hard water leaves behind. This will help reduce scale-related plumbing problems in the future.
A water softener system will also help cleaning go more swiftly, in part because soft water reacts more favourably with soap, giving you lots of suds and bacteria killing power.
6. Softer Water Will Save You Money
As if all the health benefits weren’t enough, a water softener can actually end up saving you money.
Calcium is not a heat conductor. We know: why does this matter to me? The scale buildup that occurs from hard water is also occurring in your hot water tank. The more buildup there is, the harder your tank has to work. This uses more energy.
Soft water won’t leave a buildup, and will decrease the amount of calcium your hot water tank has to fight against. It will use an efficient amount of energy, and keep your hot water costs down.
Our Water Softener Systems are Easy to Maintain
We know that by this point you’re probably loving all the benefits, but not so sure they’re worth the extra work of installing and maintaining a water softener.
Our water softeners are not hard to maintain. In fact, they don’t even need electricity. Kinetico systems run on the power of running water, meaning you don’t have to worry about extra costs on your bill.
You also don’t have to worry about turning it off and on. When you turn the taps, it gets to work. And while we can’t rule out all maintenance, we can assure you that the warranties of up to 10 years on certain products make it well worth it.
We’ll Get You the Softer Water You’ve Been Missing
Are you ready to say goodbye to rough hair, flaky skin, unwanted additives, and scale? Say hello to a water softener.
Not every system will work for every home; it all depends on the physical layout of your home and what you want the water softener to do for you.
We can help you narrow down your choice to the Kinetico system that will work. We’ll do this by testing your water quality before we recommend anything. Once we find the perfect match, we’ll install it for you. You’ll have clear, soft water in no time.
Wondering what’s in your water? Our free water quality test is what you need.