If you have lived in Central Texas for long, you are probably aware that one of the few (very very few) downfalls of this great state is the extremely hard water it has. Both Austin and San Antonio water have very high mineral levels and are considered very hard, which can cause a wide range of issues for residents. Luckily, investing in a water softener is a simple and easy solution to this complex problem. If you struggle with hard water, but don’t know what to do or the cause, consider some of these questions when looking for your solution.
What is “Hard” Water?
Hard water is created when water has high levels of dissolved minerals, most typically magnesium and calcium as well iron, lime, and other metals. The hardness of water will depend on the source from which it is coming. For instance, groundwater systems are more likely to produce hard water because, as the water works as a solvent while moving through the soil and rock, it carries a large amount of those minerals into the water supply.
The Problem with Hard Water
Hard water tends to pose a problem for most residents who live in an area that produces hard or extremely hard water. Because soap reacts with the calcium in hard water, this makes showering, washing dishes, and cleaning much more difficult. Not only does showering with hard water result in that unsightly soap scum in your bathroom, it also can cause damage to your hair.
Calcium build up is also a problem in the kitchen as your appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine will suffer shorter life spans, not to mention your dishes, sink, and coffee maker will likely be doomed to have that filmy residue caused by hard water.
The Solution to Hard Water
While battling hard water might seem frustrating, there are a few paths you can take to reduce these problems. Investing in a water softener might be exactly the thing your household needs in order to get your dishes (and your hair) back to the shiny, clean look you love.
Important Details in Buying a Water Softener
Your Water Hardness
If you have hard water, you likely already know it by the filmy texture you get when washing your hands and the cloudy stains on your drinking glasses. If you are not sure what level of hardness your water is, you can contact Austin Water Solutions to get a free water quality analysis.
Grain Capacity of the Softener
There are several different types of water softeners created for different levels of hardness. The grain capacity you need will be determined by how hard your water is: The heavier the water, the higher the grain capacity.
What Type of Water Softener Works for You
Water softening can be done from several different approaches, so you should consider what is best for you. There are faucet attachments and shower heads that can work as water softeners for those specific sources in your home, there are solutions that can be added directly to the water supply, and there are whole home devices that can be installed on your water line to filter all of the water that is used in your house.
One of the best ways to be sure you are getting exactly what you need and want is to consult one of our Austin Water Solutions experts either by visiting our website or by calling at (512) 351-9614. We would love to help you get your home’s water system set up so you don’t have to worry about it!