Have you noticed a little extra limescale on your faucets lately? That grime might be a sign that it’s time to replace your home’s water softener. Just so you know what you’re getting into, we thought we’d explain what your water softener does so you’re informed before you make the big leap.

What is hard water?

Hard water is caused by calcium carbonate, a naturally occurring element found in marble and limestone. It makes up approximately 4% of the Earth’s crust and can be picked up by your water supply along with other minerals such as aluminum, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and zinc.

Why does limescale occur?

Limescale happens when calcium carbonate is heated. When your water temperature increases, the mineral hardens and adheres to surfaces such as your shower head or bath faucet. Limescale isn’t dangerous for you, but it is dangerous for your pipes and appliances. Continued hard water exposure can add layers of limescale to pipes or any appliances that use hot water such as a coffee maker or dishwasher, making them more susceptible to problems in the future.

What does a water softener do and how does it work?

A water softener removes the calcium that makes water hard by using two tanks. The first tank removes the calcium mineral out of your water using ion exchange resin. The second tank stores salt brine for the exchange, making it softer.

This is all still a little bit confusing. Is there someone who could help me decide what water softener is right for my home?

Yes, of course! Godwin is here to help! We know a thing or two about water softeners and would be more than happy to test your water and help you decide what kind of water softener is right for you and your home. We can talk you through the process of upgrading from older softeners to the more efficient softeners that are on the market today, too. Call us at 616-243-3131 with your questions to schedule a consultation today!