Common misconceptions regarding soft water
As we covered in previous blog posts, there are numerous advantages to installing a soft water system, both for households and businesses. Hard water causes limescale which can damage household appliances, faucets and pipework, but it can also have detrimental effects on our skin and hair too. While the benefits of soft water are well publicised, some people are still hesitant to install a soft water system in their homes because of common misconceptions which have been perpetuated and blown out of proportion. While some misconceptions are misleading, others have absolutely no basis in reality! Here is the truth behind some of the most common misconceptions regarding soft water.
1) Soft water systems add salt to your water
While the prospect of drinking salty ocean water is enough to make one’s stomach turn, the role of salt in water softening systems is nothing like this at all. Sodium is in water anyway, and the miniscule amount of sodium utilised in water softening systems is nowhere near enough to actually impact the water’s taste. Sodium plays a necessary role in removing the calcium and magnesium content in the water supply which are responsible for the formation of limescale.
2) Soft water removes vital minerals which the body needs for optimal function
The magnesium and calcium present in hard water come in non-digestible inorganic form, so there are actually no nutritional benefits from consuming hard water. While these minerals may not damage your health, they certainly damage your household appliances once the limescale has built up!
3) Soft water is too expensive
The world’s most reliable water softener, the Kinetico 2020, does not run on electricity and will ultimately help you to lower your utility bills. In addition to this, you will save money from purchasing less soap and detergent. While there is an initial cost in installing the system, it will actually help you to save money in the long run.
4) Soft water leaves a film on your skin
If you’re used to washing using hard water, the sensation of using soft water for the first time can be quite different. The reason your skin will feel softer is not because a film has been left on it by the water, but rather because your body’s natural moisturising oils will be able to reach the surface of your skin for once. When washing with hard water, skin pores clog easily with soap residue, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to cultivate.
5) The difference in taste between soft and hard water is minimal
Actually, the taste difference can be quite significant, particularly if you live in an area with very hard water. Drinking hard water isn’t hazardous to your health, but it does look uninvitingly cloudy and many regard it to have a worsened taste. Soft water not only tastes more pure and refreshing, but it is far more effective for doing the laundry as well.
So what next?
If you’re considering installing a water softening system, don’t be put off by these misconceptions. Soft water is not only great for your household appliances, skin and laundry, but it will also help you to save money in the long run. For more advice on selecting the right soft water system for you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
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