Have you ever wondered what hard and soft water is? Or maybe you’ve heard about water softeners but weren’t sure their purpose. Rainwater is naturally “soft,” but as water makes its way through the ground and into our waterways, it picks up minerals like chalk, lime and mostly calcium and magnesium. It then becomes “hard water.” Some people prefer hard water for drinking because of the flavor and the added minerals. Sometimes, however, hard water is too salty and is not suitable for drinking.

Hard water can also leave a residue on dishes, clothes, shower curtains, and more. Hard water can take a toll on household appliances as well and use up more energy. The elements of hard water are to blame for all of these negative factors, as soap is less effective due to its reaction to the magnesium and calcium.

If you suffer from the effects of hard water, it may be time to invest in a water softener. Not only will your clothes, hair, dishes look cleaner, you’ll also save energy, resulting in a lower energy bill. In a time of rising energy costs, this is something to think about. Contact Millennium Plumbing for more information about water softeners and other plumbing issues.

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