The water softener in your home serves an incredibly important purpose. It removes unwanted and potentially harmful minerals like calcium and magnesium from your water. This makes it safer to bathe in, cook with and drink. The removal of these minerals also extends the functionality and overall lifespan of appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. So, when your water softener goes out, it can be a pretty big deal.
Fortunately, you can identify the signs of impending water softener failure. In this article, we’ll discuss what these signs are and what they mean for your water lines.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, there is a strong possibility that your water softener will need to be serviced, if not replaced outright.
If your water softener is failing and you’re getting hard water minerals in your water lines, you will notice that it becomes more difficult to get a good lather when you’re in the shower or bath. You’ll end up going through your hygiene products much more quickly because you’ll need more product to get a good clean.
If your clothes are suddenly coming out of the washing machine feeling stiff or scratchy, there’s a very real possibility that hard water minerals are depositing on your clothes. This makes it harder to clean clothes as it is, but also makes it so that the clothes you do wash don’t feel as comfortable on the body as they should.
If you’re accustomed to the pure, clean taste of soft water, then you will probably notice when hard water has started to affect your drinking water. If you are noticing a distinct taste that wasn’t there before, hard water minerals could very well be the culprit.
Soap scum is caused when hard water minerals mix with water and soap. Your dishwasher is the perfect breeding ground for soap scum: not just the water lines and internal mechanics of the machine, but also the dishes. If your dishes are coming out from each cycle with spots of soap scum, you should investigate the condition of your water softener.
If you suspect that your water softener is toward the end of its life, it’s time to schedule an appointment and/or consultation with a professional in the industry. They’ll be able to service or replace your water softener – whichever you may need.