Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s OK to drink hard water, but it can cause problems in your Louisville home:
- Mineral collection in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish streaks in toilets
- Worn-looking clothing and scratchy towels
- Dry skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from Becht / Givens Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of your home water problems and bring you better-tasting drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to check out water softeners or you need water softener repair, our group of specialists are here to help.
Need a new water conditioning system for one reasonable monthly payment? Contact us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s economical to operate a water softener. It consumes less than $3 in electricity annually.2
A water softener only has to have about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning easier, help your appliances work longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow freely in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can create clogs and reduced water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in fewer than 18 months. Soft water maintains the luster and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were installed.
Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t leave deposits in pipes or restrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to accumulate in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water make limescale when heated. This can spread over the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need regular fixes or need to be replaced sooner.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water protects the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters operating on soft water keep the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can lower efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you have an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can pile up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a poor heat conductor. It can reduce the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals accumulate on your skin and in your hair, triggering it to look dull. It can also cause painful razor burn.
Soft water is more efficient at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have softer skin and shinier hair. Plus, your clothes will look less faded and your dishes will look cleaner.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use additional soap for a decent lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This forms a scum on tubs.
With soft water, you won’t need to use as much time cleaning to eliminate soap scum. You’ll also use less detergent.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than regular water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that takes out excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also reduces chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the right size for your home will last for many years. Its lifetime depends on the manufacturer and how much you run it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the fee may differ.
Costs can also vary based on how hard your water is and how much water you use. If your water is very hard and is used heavily, softening rates will go up.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water has all the natural minerals we need. While a little bit of sodium is mixed in during the softening process, softened water is absolutely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality fluctuates by geography and processing levels. It can also be impacted by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.
You can learn if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group manages a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community water sources tested in the U.S. have chemicals associated with cancer, according to the group’s investigation.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association determined a septic tank can’t be hurt by brine discharged by a water softener. The tanks that were reviewed were correctly placed and working normally.
Softened water may help limit detergents being discharged into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 502-785-8230 or request an appointment online.
One of our professionals can determine if you need a water softener.
We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done properly the first time, whether you need us to service your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.