WATER SOFTENING

Your first line of defense in protecting your plumbing, appliances, clothes, skin and hair from hard water deposits.

Hardness in water comes from an abundance of dissolved calcium and magnesium. This hardness is largely the natural result of rainwater passing through soil and layers of limestone and gypsum into underground aquifers. The geological nature of a region contributes to its water’s chemical composition, hardness, and alkalinity. The water source in your area also plays a large role in the hardness you experience. The presence of these minerals in your water can drastically reduce the lifespan of your home’s appliances and cause damage to your hair, skin and clothes.

While a simple on-site water test will tell you the level of hardness in your water, some other identifiers of hard water are: scale buildup on appliances and fixtures, visible deposits in your drinking water, decreased water pressure, water that takes a while to get hot, soap that doesn’t later well, dry skin, dingy or dirty clothing after washing, and rust stains on porcelain.

Aspen WaterWise offers water softening systems that will reduce your hardness to an acceptable and desirable level based on homeowner’s needs. We can also place our clients on a regular maintenance schedule to manage the salt level and check that the system continues to operate optimally.

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FAQ's

How does hard water affect my water heater?

It’s a common issue in homes with hard water to have calcium buildup in the water heater. Scale formed by hard water is detrimental to hot water appliances. Heating water accelerates the accumulation of hard water mineral deposits which are left behind when water evaporates. When water heaters accumulate scale, the appliance has to heat the scale caked on the bottom before it can heat the water. This decreases efficiency and leads to exorbitant energy bills and rapidly shortened appliance lifespans. Gas heaters lose as much as 25% of their efficiency on hard water. Electric water heaters gain half a pound of scale a year for every 5 grains of hardness in the water. Two effective methods of eliminating limescale in the water heater are to flush it and then treat it with a descaling solution – or have Aspen WaterWise install a water softener.

How does hard water affect my plumbing?

The presence of hard water in your pipes causes calcium and magnesium deposits to accumulate over time. This can restrict the flow of water leading to decreased water pressure. The minerals slowly break down the metal in your pipes which can cause leaks, breaks, and even discolored water. 

How does hard water affect my appliances?

Not only does hard water decrease the cleaning performance of soaps and detergents, but the chemical reaction between the soap and minerals in your water causes soap scum to stick to anything it comes in contact with (i.e. clothes, dishes, skin). In addition to leaving spots and soap scum behind, hard water can wreak havoc on pipes and appliances by leaving mineral deposits behind. The deposits can clog appliances and make them less effective and potentially require frequent replacement.

How does hard water affect my hair, skin and clothes?

As mentioned above, hard water decreases soaps effectiveness and makes it harder to rinse away. That means it is left behind to cause buildup and drying out of hair, skin and nails. The minerals are also left to deposit on your hair and scalp making it more difficult to rinse out shampoo and conditioner. This buildup can cause your hair to feel heavy, weighed down, dry and brittle. Hard water can also strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to breakage.

Is soft water bad for my health?

Most people can safely drink hard or soft water with no side effects. While higher sodium levels in soft water may be of concern for some people (such as people with high blood pressure), there is the option to install a potassium-based softening system.

What level of hardness requires a water softener?

Water hardness or softness is measured using grains per gallon (gpg), where one grain is equal to 0.002 ounces of calcium carbonate dissolved in 1 gallon of water. A level of 0-3 is considered soft water. Anything between 3.5 and 7 gpg is considered moderate to ideal. The harder your water is, the more you’ll notice soap lathering less, buildup in your hair, dry skin and nails, still clothes and spots on your dishes. Even if your water falls in this range, you may still wish to add a water softener to your home or business. People have different preferences on how soft their water is. The softness is adjustable and can be changed based on your personal preference.