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 issues in your Clearwater home:
- Mineral accumulation in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish discoloration in toilets
- Faded clothing and scratchy towels
- Dull skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Midway Services can take care of your home water trouble and bring you fresher drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to check out water softeners or you need water softener repair, our crew of Experts are here to help.
Need a new water conditioning system for one reasonable monthly payment? Ask us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s low-cost to operate a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity per year.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 run longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow smoothly in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can create clogs and reduced 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 brilliance and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were added.
Soft water is lacking minerals. It doesn’t create deposits in pipes or restrict 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 heated. This can coat the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need regular fixes 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 lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can cut efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can accumulate 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 longer to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals collect on your skin and in your hair, causing it to look dull. It can also cause painful razor burn.
Soft water is more efficient at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have smoother skin and glossier hair. Plus, your clothes will look less faded and your dishes will look more flawless.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use extra soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This forms a scum on showers.
With soft water, you won’t need to waste as much time cleaning to remove 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 regular water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that takes out excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also reduces chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the appropriate size for your home will last for many years. Its life span depends on the manufacturer and how much you run 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 excessively, softening expenses will increase.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water contains all the natural minerals we need. While a small amount of sodium is mixed in during the softening process, softened water is completely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality varies by geography and processing levels. It can also be affected by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.
You can find out if there are pollutants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group has 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. carry chemicals linked to cancer, according to the group’s investigation.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association determined a septic tank can’t be harmed by brine let out by a water softener. The tanks that were reviewed were correctly placed and working normally.
Softened water may help reduce detergents being released into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 727-219-2471 or request an appointment online.
One of our Experts can determine 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 properly the first time, whether you need us to service 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.