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In this article, we’ll be discussing the long-term benefits of a water softener on your home, including its effects on your appliances, plumbing, and fixtures, as well as its positive impact on your utility bills and monthly budget.

By this point in your journey, you likely know what a water softener is and how it works. Just in case, we’ll briefly cover what hard water is and how a water-softener system has been used to treat this very common issue in thousands of homes just like yours before moving on to a more in-depth look at how this device can make a large impact for your home and your wallet. 

Hard water effects on showerhead

A Brief Overview of Hard Water

According to the United States Geological Survey, water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is high in these dissolved minerals.

These excess minerals cause mineral deposits in your pipes, fixtures, appliances, and on your skin. This scale can reduce the lifespan of your appliances, raise the costs of heating the water in your home, diminish the efficiency of your water heater, and even clog up your plumbing.

If you have problems with soap scum or scale buildup in your shower, or calcium buildup in your coffee pot, chances are, you have hard water. You’re not alone! 85% of homes in the United States have hard water.

What is a Water Softener System?

In short, Water Quality Products Magazine describes water softeners as point-of-entry applications that provide whole-home benefits. As water flows through the water softener system, positively charged calcium and magnesium ions are attracted to negatively charged ions in the resin bed. They stick to the resin, and at the same time, positively charged sodium ions are released into the water, replacing the calcium and magnesium with sodium. This process helps to keep the buildup of excess minerals out of your pipes, appliances, fixtures, and laundry and off your skin.

Scale on water heater element from hard water

What are the Long-Term Benefits of a Water Softener?

There are some immediate benefits to using a water softener. They can positively affect your hair and skin, but there are some very impactful long-term benefits to using a water softener as well.

Impacts on Household Plumbing and fixtures

Over time, as hard water moves through the pipes in your home, layers of scale can build up inside of them. This mineral buildup reduces the overall diameter of the pipe resulting in less water movement through the plumbing and reducing water pressure to the home or specific fixtures.

With the excess minerals reduced in your water supply, this buildup is much less likely to occur, meaning that your plumbing will last longer and that issues with water pressure, from plumbing at least, will be minimized.

Soft water, clean dishes

Extended lifespan and Increased Efficiency of Appliances

Hard water can create this same type of mineral buildup in your water-using appliances. Soft water can help to eliminate this buildup. Not only does using soft water extend the lifespan of your appliances, but it also increases their efficiency.

The Water Quality Association posted an independent research study conducted by ​Scientific Services S/D, Inc., a research and development laboratory that provides testing services to detergent, household products, and chemical specialty industries. The study showed that dishwashers were able to remove significantly more soil from dishes when run with softened water versus hard water. Dishes also showed fewer spots and less film buildup when the use of soft water was employed.

Depending on the soil level, reducing the hardness was also found to be up to 12 times more effective at soil removal than increasing the amount of detergent used. Hardness reduction was approximately 6 times more effective at reducing spotting and twice as effective at reducing filming than increasing the amount of detergent used.

In another study by Battelle Memorial Institute, whose core mission is to use science to do the greatest good for humanity, they found while testing gas and electric water heaters that none tested with hard water were even able to make it through testing. This was because they weren’t able to maintain sufficient flow due to scale buildup in the outlet piping system. This testing only equated to 1.25 to 2 years of standard use. You can see the summary of those results in the table below.

Cleaner Laundry

This buildup isn’t limited to dishwashers. All major water-reliant appliances are impacted, including your washing machine!

Scientific Services S/D, Inc. also completed a study that compared the impact of the amount of detergent used, water hardness, and wash temperature on the effectiveness of common household laundry detergents in removing stains. Blood, coffee, grass, red wine, barbecue sauce, and ground clay were among the substances that were tested.

The study showed that reducing the hardness of the water was much more effective at removing stains than either increasing the temperature or the amount of detergent used. Even when half of the detergent was used at a lower temperature, soft water improved the quality of the wash compared to when hard water was used.

Using a water softener doesn’t only help keep your laundry cleaner. As a bi-product, your laundry will also feel softer and more comfortable on your skin.

Save money with soft water

This Leads to Improved Household Efficiency

If softened water makes this kind of tested impact on the major appliances mentioned above, you can assume that it impacts other water-reliant appliances and fixtures like your coffee pot, water and ice dispensers, humidifier, and even fixtures like your shower head in similar ways. Less mineral buildup simply means higher efficiency. If your appliances are running more efficiently, not only are they going to last longer and require replacement less often, but they’ll also save you money in other ways.

Soft Water Leads to other Cost Savings

Some appliances, like gas water heaters, use less energy to operate when they are fed with soft water. In the water heater study mentioned above, Battelle found that natural gas savings associated with the use of softened water will lead to direct energy and economic savings, while higher water hardness will lead to greater energy consumption and greater energy costs.

Using soft water, as mentioned above, allows you to use less detergent in washing machines, even at lowering the temperature of your wash while still maintaining or improving performance. This means you can save energy.

You’ll also be able to use less detergent in your dishwasher to achieve the same results. Over time, that adds up to a huge savings for your family. In fact, detergent savings of up to 70% were observed for dishwashing machines when softened water was used compared to hard water. That’s a lot of dishwashing detergent!

You’ll also save hours from scrubbing hard water buildup from appliances, fixtures, showers, and tubs, and we all know that time is money.

All this means longer appliance life, lower energy usage, and less detergent, soap, and cleaning products down the drain.

Soft water, soft skin

Enhanced personal benefits

If you require less soap for laundry and dishes when using a water softener, you’ll also need less soap and shampoo when bathing. Soap is just more effective when used with soft water. You’ll even get a better lather. How nice!

What’s not nice is the fact that hard water builds up on your skin, causing a layer that inhibits the body’s natural oils. These oils are what keep your skin from drying out. This interference with the body’s natural process can lead to excessively dry skin, clogged pores, and even acne. It also makes your lotion less effective.

When you use a water-softening system, you can protect your skin from this buildup. Your skin will feel cleaner, it will look healthier, and you won’t have to apply lotion nearly as often.

At EcoWater SoCal we’ve been helping families in the Southern California area soften their water for over 18 years. It’s more than a water-softening system to us, it’s the health of our local homes and the overall impact on the lives of those in our community.

Call us today at 760-259-2306 or fill out the form below to have your water tested and see which system is right for your home.

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Pedro Delemos
Pedro Delemos
00:47 03 Apr 24
Kevin was very helpful when my ecowater system lost... pressure, which should not have happened because I replaced all the undercounter filters 6 months ago. Kevin suggested I check the pressure on the tank and if low, refill the tank with 9 lbs of pressure. Did that and the pressure is better. Thanks more
Jose Miguel Navarro
Jose Miguel Navarro
22:00 28 Mar 24
Jaylean Lopez has been very helpful, friendly and attentive... in the process of purchasing my water filters replacement. She would answer promptly and provided positive feedback for all of my questions and concerns.Thank you!!read more
Pat Alwell
Pat Alwell
21:11 25 Mar 24
I was tired of my Brita and having to purchase RO water for... my fish tank, so I called EcoWater to have them install an RO + Akaline system. The whole process from start to finish was super simple. Installation a breeze. I had Fabian Acuna as my technician, wow. What an awesome guy! Had everything up and running within an hour. I now have access to perfect drinking water year round without having to wait for filtration or stand in a line. My only regret is not calling EcoWater sooner!read more
Dennis Kim
Dennis Kim
23:03 19 Mar 24
Years ago Eco-Water System installed water system since... then we have been clear water for drinking and other uses.It is a very good quality water cleaning system that we can drink clear water at kitchen even bathtub any where in our house. Eco Water System clean water according to system set up program very well. It is excellent water clean system I love it and recommend this system to any one wants clean water.Oh recently I found to fill up salt oftener then 6 months cause our area water quality but no problem only fill up salt every 2 -3 months faster then 6 months at the beginning but system runs wonderfulread more
K Lorenz
K Lorenz
18:08 19 Mar 24
Ecowater through Costco installed a water softener unit in... our home in March 2024. Thank you to Victor Deniz who installed it! So far so good and happy that we made this more
Adele Steirnagle
Adele Steirnagle
19:55 18 Mar 24
These guys are awesome!!! 5 happy years of not lugging... water back and forth to my house😊🙏❤️ Miguel Ruiz saved my day today by making it easy to take out my filters and order new ones:)read more
Sharon Kangas
Sharon Kangas
20:51 14 Mar 24
Needed help and amazed at the wonderful attitude and help... received. Yeah for 2024 customer service at EcoWaterread more
Steve Scott
Steve Scott
14:04 12 Mar 24
Marissa has been a professional and responsive customer... support representative for us for over 5 years. She makes sure that I get prompt and courteous more
Steffani Smith
Steffani Smith
20:47 07 Mar 24
Long time customers of Eco water (Cbad area - Vista... office). Recently had some questions which needed several action items. Sean (office mgr) patiently and professionally worked with us to mitigate any frustrations and sent out Fabian a senior/supervisor tech and total pro, out to our address to work on our under the sink water filtration system. Great work 👍🏼All in all, we look forward to continuing our service with Eco water!read more
Mary Najour
Mary Najour
20:42 05 Mar 24
Evan P was our technician. He was very knowledgable,... courteous and communicative. He was prompt and answered all of our more
Danny F
Danny F
00:16 05 Mar 24
Been using the under counter reverse osmosis system from... them for 10 years now. Virtually maintenance free besides the filter changes. It's saved us thousands in bottles water. I always check on it with my tds meter and the water is always proper. Filters flouride and chlorine as well. Can't live without it!!!read more
B. D.
B. D.
06:20 28 Feb 24
I purchased an EcoWater softener and reverse osmosis system... from Costco. The entire experience from the initial consultation to the installation was great. Our service technician Jose Magana was friendly and professional, he had our new system up and running in just a few hours. He answered all our questions about the water softener and we feel confident about maintaining it now.Our water feels and tastes so much better, we are very happy with the more
Wendy Wang
Wendy Wang
22:13 19 Feb 24
Jose Magana came to install our water filtration system and... did a fantastic job! He was very friendly, patient with explaining the process, efficient, and tidy. I highly recommend his service!read more
Shusim Dewan
Shusim Dewan
18:37 13 Feb 24
I have this eco water filtration system for last 3 years... and is working well. Yesterday noticed water flow was slow and this morning there was no water at all. Called the customer service and a rep named Marisa responded and helped me to resolve the problem by finding the leak detecting devise and how to reset it. She was very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks Marisa for your help. 🙏😀read more
Hyun Kwon
Hyun Kwon
01:20 11 Feb 24
This water is so amazing.I had a great experience with... Matt and the installation team.👍😁read more
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