Do you know that you have hard water? Are you ignoring the problem and avoiding installing a water softener, just like many other homeowners do? Well, here's the bad news: ignoring a hard water problem is a waste of money and will likely cost you more in the long run than simply installing a whole-home water softener would. Here's a look at three specific ways that ignoring your hard water wastes money.
Decreasing the Lifespan of Appliances
Your washing machine, ice maker, coffee maker, dishwasher, and an array of other appliances all use water. When you have hard water, it tends to leave mineral deposits inside of these appliances. Over time, the mineral deposits start causing the appliances to malfunction and eventually fail completely. That washer that you expected to last a decade may only last five or six years. Having to replace all of your appliances early is a waste of money; the costs can really add up over a decade or two.
Ruining Your Pipes
When most people think of clogged pipes, they think of drain pipes clogged with hair and grease. But the pipes that bring clean water to your sinks and showers can become clogged, too. This type of clog is formed by mineral deposits, which occur when you have hard water. The bad thing about mineral deposits is that, unlike clogs made of hair and paper, they cannot be removed with a plunger or drain cleaner. Your only real solution it to have a plumber remove and replace your clogged pipes, which, as you can imagine, is a pretty costly endeavor.
Requiring Extra Products and Soaps
If you have hard water, you're probably spending a lot more on personal care and hygiene products than you need to. Soaps and shampoos don't foam as easily in hard water, so people tend to use a lot more to generate a lather. Plus, the hard water makes your skin dry, so you probably use a lot of lotions and moisturizers that you would not need if you had softer water. Then there's laundry soap, dish soap, and other cleaners. Install a water softener, and your products will last longer -- and you'll probably be able to stop purchasing some of them.
Stop ignoring your hard water problem, and contact a plumber to install a water softener. You'll stop wasting money and make your life a lot easier in the long run.