Hard Water? 3 Benefits of Having a Water Softener

Written by Chris Knippa of Kinetico San Antonio
Updated September 24, 2014
Plumbing pipe connected to water softener.
Plumbing connected to a water softener system. You'll notice the difference in your skin, clothes and dishes right away when you switch to soft water, says Knippa.
Photo by Summer Galyan

Water hardness takes a toll on dishes, clothes and more. Learn how soft water can make a difference.

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For those of you who live with soft water flowing directly into your pipes from your water supply, know that all of us here in south-central Texas are incredibly jealous. Here in our area, we have some of the hardest water in the United States. That’s because our water source, the Edwards Aquifer, is lined with limestone, leaving plenty of calcium in our water.

That means investing in a water softener isn’t just a luxury in San Antonio. It’s pretty much a necessity. So if you have hard water like we do, here are just a few of the major benefits you’ll notice when you make the switch to soft water.

1. Your skin doesn't like hard water

The first place you’ll likely notice a difference is with your skin.

Soft water will not only make your skin feel softer, but it will also get rid of that annoying dry skin. In fact, some people say their skin feels a little slimy after they wash with soft water for the first time. This is actually a good thing! It means your skin is cleaner than ever — because your water softener got rid of all the minerals that typically end up on you after a shower.

As an added bonus, you use less soap and shampoo with soft water, which saves money. 

2. Your clothes will thank your water softener

When you buy new clothes, you’d like them to retain their colors and that fresh-from-the-store texture, right? Soft water helps with that.

Not only will your brights stay brighter with soft water, but your clothes will last longer. And just like with your soap and shampoo, you’ll also use less detergent. Again, more money for you!

3. Your dishes and water hardness don't mix

Say you’re having friends over for dinner. You go to the cabinet to pull out a couple of plates and a few glasses.

“When did our glasses stop being clear?" you ask. "What’s that on our plates?”

Hard water does a real job on your dishware. It leaves behind residue that becomes nearly impossible to get rid of. On the other hand, soft water keeps your dishes and glasses clear and shiny.

About this Experts Contributor: Chris Knippa is the owner of Kinetico San Antonio, a water softener company in San Antonio. Knippa is a Texas Tech alumnus, and he frequently volunteers his time through non-profits such as Uganda Tree of Life Ministries and Taking it to the Streets. You can follow this contributor on Google+.

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