Do I Need a Water Softener? Six Signs that It’s Time to Invest

If your home is connected to a well, chances are that you have hard water thanks to higher mineral deposits like calcium and magnesium. Hard water can wear on everything from your skin and hair to your clothing, appliances and even your plumbing. However, installing a water softener, which removes these minerals, can help reverse the adverse effects.

Here are some good indications that you could benefit from a water softener:

  1. Buildup. One of the most telling signs that hard water is affecting your system is visible limescale buildup on your faucets and in your teakettles and even your toilet bowl. But the real concern is the buildup that you don’t readily see—inside appliances and your plumbing, which can eventually lead to costly problems.
  2. Stains. Those infamous water stains left around bathtubs, toilets and sinks are yet another sign of hard water. While good cleaning products and a lot of elbow grease can be a temporary fix, you won’t get rid of these stains completely without the help of a water softener. 
  3. Dull or Dry Skin and Hair. Mineral deposits can wreak havoc on your skin and hair as they block pores and make it more difficult to wash off soap and shampoo. If you find yourself with acne, limp, dull hair, and dry skin, it’s time to soften your water. 
  4. Foggy Glasses and Dishes. Hard water can often make your glassware and plates look cloudy when you pull them out of the dishwasher. Although they’re clean, the minerals in your water can react with the soap, causing a stubborn film to appear. 
  5. Faded Clothing. Hard water has the ability to wear out your clothing much more quickly, causing fading, fraying, and even a not-quite-rinsed feel when you take it out of the wash. 
  6. Rising Utility Bills. As minerals from your water build up in your pipes, your heating system will have to work harder—and less efficiently. Aside from raising the cost of your monthly bills, this can also lead to expensive, premature repairs and replacements of your system. 

Choosing the Right Water Softener

If all signs are pointing to buying a water softener for your home, it’s best to get in touch with your preferred plumbing professionals so talk about your options. Not all water softeners are created equal, and to determine which model is best for your home, you’ll need to take a look at how hard your water currently is; how much water your family uses; your budget; and what other water issues you might like to fix, such as removing chlorine, filtering sediment, and more. 

At Faulstick Plumbing, we specialize in installs, repairs, and inspections for all of your well, water, and plumbing needs. Our family-owned and operated business has built a reputation as the best-doing things the right way with the customer in mind, every time. Give us a call at 570-992-0447 to discuss your needs today!