Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s OK to drink hard water, but it can cause problems in your Charleston home:
- Mineral collection in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish stains in toilets
- Faded clothing and scratchy towels
- Lackluster skin and hair
- Stains on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can address your home water trouble and bring you better-tasting drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to check out water softeners or you need water softener repair, our group of professionals are here to help.
Interested in getting a new water conditioning system for one reasonable monthly payment? Check with us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s economical to run a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity annually.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 smoothly in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral deposits 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 fewer than 18 months. Soft water preserves the luster 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 limit water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to build up 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, reducing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need frequent fixes or need to be replaced sooner.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water maintains the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters operating on soft water maintain the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can lower efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can pile up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a bad heat conductor. It can reduce the life of your heating element, because it has to work harder 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 contribute to painful razor burn.
Soft water is better at cleaning soap residue, so you’ll have silkier skin and shinier hair. Plus, your clothes will look less faded and your dishes will look cleaner.
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 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 cleaning supplies.
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 eliminates excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also minimizes 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 a long time. 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 be different based on how hard your water is and how much water you need. If your water is especially hard and is used frequently, softening expenses will increase.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water has all the natural minerals we need. While a little bit of sodium is put in during the softening process, softened water is completely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality differs by geography and processing levels. It can also be affected by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater runs through.
You can learn if there are pollutants 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 water plants analyzed in the U.S. have 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 discovered a septic tank can’t be damaged by brine discharged by a water softener. The tanks that were monitored were correctly placed and in good working order.
Softened water may help reduce detergents being let into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 843-410-6103 or request an appointment online.
One of our Experts can figure out 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.