Benifits​ of a soft water system!

 In Armstrong Plumbing Blog

Did you know you can prolong the life of your sewer system and furniture with soft water?

Did you know that there is a constant buildup of Limescale in your pipes? What is Limescale you might ask? Limescale is the chalky off-white crust that lurks inside your pipes and appliances. Scientifically speaking limescale is a deposit of calcium carbonate and a residue left behind by hard water. Limescale on pipes encourages galvanic corrosion, meaning that it eats away at the surface of anything that is even slightly conductive to electricity. This shortens the lifespan of any pipe it builds on, and it is very inconvenient and expensive to replace pipes.

Besides the pipes, other appliances and furnishings have to be scrubbed clean more often if you use hard water.

The minerals in hard water have ions that form into insoluble salts, called soap scum, which can leave insoluble stearates on places such as tubs and sinks. It also forms scale in coffee makers and everywhere else it sits. The more you have to scrub these items, the more you run the risk of scratching up the surface, especially since scale can’t be dissolved away easily. These scratches can weaken your appliances and hasten their demise. However, there is a solution to your hard water issues! Puronics® MicroSilver Bacteriostasis technology uses microscopic particles of silver which are embedded in their SilverShield Hygiene filter media using a proprietary process.  Their SilverShield® Hygiene filter media contains silver ions which attack microbes and inhibit their growth within the filter media bed of the water system, as well as removes and reduces taste, odors, and chlorine.  Leaving your pipes Limescale free!

Want Cleaner Hair and Softer Skin?

Did you also know hard water has negative effects on your skin and hair? It’s no surprise! Soft water is considered better for cleaning, which applies to your dishes, laundry, and of course, your skin! Soft water makes it easier to create a lather, and even easier to rinse the soap away. This means with soft water you’ll actually be able to use less shampoo, body wash, and face wash to get a deeper clean. Actually, with soft water, you may not even need an expensive body wash after all!

Not Sold Yet? Well, Say Goodbye To Water Spots!

Are your freshly cleaned dishes cloudy in appearance? Without a water softener, plates and glassware can emerge from your dishwasher with a milky coating from minerals found in hard water. If you prefer your dishware to be sparkling rather than cloudy, installing a whole house water softener is the best way to ensure those wine glasses won’t embarrass at your next party or family gathering.

The cloudiness you may see on a dish after a rinse in the dishwasher is actually deposited from the high levels of calcium and magnesium found in hard water. These stubborn mineral deposits dry in the form of murky stains. In addition to a less-than-dazzling appearance, your dishware may also receive a poor clean if you don’t own a water softener since hard water minerals inhibit detergent from successfully interacting with many types of food residue.

Through a process known as ion exchange, a water softener swaps calcium and magnesium minerals with sodium or potassium, effectively softening your water and eliminating the persistent residues associated with hard water. This means your dishes will receive a better wash and display a pristine shine since soap can more easily lather and clean when used with softened water. In fact, softened water can extend the life of your dishwasher and other water-using appliances, since there are no hard minerals to cause limescale buildup.

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