(The following is a guest post from Sharla Gottesman, the marketing director of American Water in Round Rock. She’s taking a look at some of the most common myths associated with soft water and water softeners.)
Myth #1: I don’t have hard water in my home. Statistically speaking, there’s a good chance this isn’t the case. About 85% of the country has hard water. Here’s why: The water that comes into your house travels through plumbing and picks up minerals along the way – mainly calcium and magnesium. These minerals dissolve in your water and cause it to become “hard.” Different parts of the country have varying levels of hardness because of water sources, so it’s always good advice to get a water test performed to make sure your new water softener will handle your needs.
Myth #2: Soft water makes my skin feel like there’s a film on it. The opposite is actually true in this case. With soft water, you do have a silky feeling when you get out of the shower. That’s because your body’s natural moisturizing oils are finally working properly.
Myth #3: Water softeners are too expensive to use. Your Kinetico water softener should actually save you money. Your heating bills will go down, and you’ll use less in laundry detergents and soaps. And don’t forget – your Kinetico softener doesn’t run on electricity.
Myth #4: All water tastes the same. A lot of households get drinking water straight from the tap. If that water is hard, however, you’ll notice a taste difference. Soft water is not only more refreshing, but it tastes better as well. It’s also better for your teeth.
Myth #5: Hard water will harm my health. Let’s be clear. Hard water is not hurting your health. But it can cause some serious damage to your home’s plumbing and pipes. Those minerals in the water cause limescale build-up, which can lead to costly repairs down the road.