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Can a water softener save you money? Research suggests, yes

Water Depot discusses the benefits of softening your water
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Water Depot’s water treatment experts have the products and knowledge to help you save money while enjoying cleaner, softer water. One question Barrie’s Water Depot team gets asked frequently is, “how do I know if I need a water softener?” 

To answer this, it helps to understand some of the effects hard water can have on your home and family. 

Hard water contains higher concentrations of calcium and magnesium, which are dramatically reduced by a water softener. The issue with hard water is that these hardness minerals build up on surfaces, leaving frustrated homeowners with no choice but to descale shower heads, coffee pots, and other appliances.

Hard water also reacts with soap, leaving a film on your skin and hair, leading to dryness. You may also experience faster deterioration or discolouration of your clothes or decreasing water pressure over time due to build-up in your pipes. While there are no serious health hazards from having hard water, it is a source of inconvenience, and can lead to costly repairs, for many homeowners.

Reducing these hardness minerals in your water can help save you money. Softened water is gentler on your body, clothes, appliances, and plumbing leading to less wear and tear, and therefore less maintenance and replacement costs. Softened water is also more effective for cleaning, as soaps and detergents are work better in soft water, resulting in using less product.

In fact, a 2010 study performed by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) showed that softened water can save you an average of 50% on soap, shampoo, and cleaning product purchases, 30% in hot water utility bills, 30% on clothing, and 35% in dishwasher savings.

Softened water can save you an average 30% in hot water utility bills

Customized water treatment solutions

Water chemistry and levels of hardness minerals differ greatly from municipality to municipality, as well as within different areas of the same city or town. Before purchasing a water softener, your home’s water should be tested by a water treatment professional. Other factors that should be taken into account are the number of members of your household and your family’s water demands. Don’t invest in a water softener without first learning if it is the best long-term solution for your particular home. 

Water Depot are the experts on making your water look, feel, and taste its best by providing free in-home water tests, experienced advice, and a full range of water treatment solutions. These solutions include water softeners, iron removal systems, reverse osmosis units, ultraviolet systems, filters and accessories, along with U-Fill Reverse Osmosis and Alkaline water taps in every store. 

To learn more about how you can avoid mineral build-up by installing a water softener, or for any other drinking water concerns you may have, visit Water Depot today.