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For most of my adult life I never really paid too much attention to whether my water was hard or soft. The only thing that mattered to me is that it tasted good. I had traveled to other states where I just thought the water tasted funky. In those places, it was bottle water all the way! Not that long ago we found out there are many other benefits to having a water softener, ones the whole family will appreciate!
Water Softeners Help Keep Bathtubs and Showers Cleaner
Well, a couple years ago we decided to move from Lexington, KY to San Antonio, TX. While we were house hunting we stayed with my father. This was the first time I ever really noticed the difference between hard and soft water. In case you don’t know, hard water is when rainwater collects minerals (hardness) from the earth going from point A to point B.
My father’s house gave us our first-hand look at hard water. We particularly noticed just how grimy his guest bath and shower was. There was SO much scum, scaling, and build up around the fixtures and drain.
We discovered that for the nearly 10 years he had lived there he had never had a water softener installed. San Antonio has VERY hard water apparently and a water softener is pretty much a no-brainer in these kinds of areas. So when it came time for us to build our own house in San Antonio a water softener was definitely on our to do list. I didn’t want to be cleaning the bathtubs all day and night!
Water Softeners Help Water Heaters Perform Better and Last Longer
While our house was being built we rented a house. At this house, the water could not stay hot for anything. Most of the time I had to take cold showers. It wasn’t fun at all!
We found out that hard water causes a mineral buildup inside of water heaters. This scale buildup drastically decreases the efficiency and lifespan of these units. I definitely could tell something was wrong!
Unless you are constantly flushing out your water heater the easiest way to save yourself from these issues is to have a water softener installed. They use simple chemistry to make everything SO much better!
Morton is America’s #1 brand of water softening pellets. They have several different kinds of salt pellets – System Saver II (extends the softeners life and reduces iron buildup), Rust Remover (fights tile and sink rust stains, improves waters taste and clarity), and Solar Salt Crystals (are high purity salt crystals harvested from salt water).
I have used several different kinds of salt pellets in the past and I have to say Morton salt pellets are better. The bags themselves are much easier to transport and open because they have a comfort grip handle and an easy open tear spot. You won’t be leaking salt all over your garage!
Water Softeners Can Help Improve Skin And Hair
When you have hard water you are essentially bathing in those mineral deposits every time you take a shower. It can cause your skin and hair to be dry and dare I say not as clean. My grandfather was the first one to notice the showering benefits of a water softener.
All of his life he was used to hard water so it was quite a shock to take a shower and feel silky smooth afterward. When you shower in hard water those mineral deposits stay on your skin and so does the soap that doesn’t fully dissolve. So when you run your hand along your arm it doesn’t smoothly slide, it has some grip to it but with a water softener, your hand slides super easy. My grandfather thought he wasn’t getting all of the soap off but really he was just cleaner! It amazed him and us!!
Want to find out if you have hard water in your home? Just visit Morton Salt and fill out a short form. They will send you a free water test strip to determine if you have any hard water issues. Soft water will save you time, money, and have you feeling your best.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.