Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s all right to drink hard water, but it can cause trouble in your Windsor home:
- Mineral buildup in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish stains in toilets
- Faded clothing and coarse towels
- Lackluster skin and hair
- Stains on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts can take care of your home water problems and bring you better-tasting drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to check out water softeners or you need water softener repair, our crew of professionals are here to help.
Interested in getting a new water conditioning system for one affordable monthly payment? Check with us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s low-cost to run a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity year-round.2
A water softener only needs about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning more effortless, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow freely in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral sediment to build up in your pipes and fixtures. This can create clogs and decreased water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in less than 18 months. Soft water keeps the shine and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were installed.
Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t leave deposits in pipes or constrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to accumulate in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water turn into limescale when they get hot. This can coat the heating elements in your appliances, reducing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need repeated service or need to be swapped out earlier.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water preserves the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters operating on soft water hold on to the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year life span. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can reduce efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is an inferior heat conductor. It can decrease the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals accumulate on your skin and in your hair, making it become dehydrated. It can also lead to painful razor burn.
Soft water is more efficient at washing away soap residue, so you’ll have softer skin and shinier hair. Plus, your clothes will look brighter and your dishes will have fewer spots.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use additional soap for a decent lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This creates a scum on showers.
With soft water, you won’t need to waste as much time cleaning to get rid of soap scum. You’ll also use less soap.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than ordinary water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that removes extra minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also lowers chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the right size for your home will last for many years. Its lifetime depends on the manufacturer and how much you operate it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the total may differ.
Costs can also differ based on how hard your water is and how much water you consume. If your water is especially hard and is used frequently, softening rates will go up.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water includes all the natural minerals we need. While some sodium is added during the softening process, softened water is absolutely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality varies by geography and processing levels. It can also be impacted by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.
You can learn if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group manages a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community utilities analyzed in the U.S. contain chemicals associated with cancer, according to the group’s investigation.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association found a septic tank can’t be hurt by brine released by a water softener. The tanks that were studied were correctly placed and working normally.
Softened water may help limit detergents being discharged into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 226-773-3357 or request an appointment online.
One of our specialists can check if you need a water softener.
We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done right the first time, whether you need us to fix your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.