Studies by the US Geological Survey reveal that about 85 percent of homes in the United States experience hard water problems. You have hard water if your water supply contains excess calcium and magnesium minerals. The calcium and magnesium (hardness minerals) dissolved in the water can cause a variety of problems ranging from aesthetic issues to serious plumbing damage. Hard water causes unsightly spotting on glassware, plates, silverware and cooking surfaces. This is especially true when using a dishwasher. In hot water calcium and magnesium react to form insoluble calcium and magnesium carbonate deposits. This is what causes the spotting issues on kitchenware. The same process occurs inside your electric or gas water heater. The high water temperature causes the hardness minerals to collect on the bottom of the water heater tank. Eventually the water heater will make less hot water because it is partially filled with mineral particles instead of water. This also reduces the efficiency of the heating element, costing you more energy dollars every day. Hard water reduces the life of the hot water tank and heating elements. Hard water also damages the heating elements in coffee and tea makers. The solid mineral deposits will clog filter screens in dishwashers, refrigerators, ice makers and commercial beverage dispensing equipment.
Shower Head with Limescale and Rust
Calcified Bathroom Fittings
Damaged Washing Machine Heaters
Dishwasher Water Pump Calcification
Figure 1.1 Components Damaged by Hard Water
Hard water also reduces the effectiveness of dishwashing detergents, making dishes harder to clean by hand and in the dishwasher. Soaps react with hard water, forming “curd” or soap scum on shower and tub surfaces. Soap scum requires cleaning chemicals and a lot of scrubbing to scrape it off tiles, sinks, tubs and shower doors. Here is a list of expensive water-using equipment that is damaged by hard water:
APEX Water Softeners Solve Hard Water Problems and Save You Money too!
How does a Water Softener Work?
APEX water softeners are whole home water treatment devices that remove calcium and magnesium from the incoming water supply. Soft water is the opposite of hard water. Soft water contains little or no calcium or magnesium minerals that cause all of the hard water problems. APEX water softeners ensure that every faucet and water connection in the home receives softened water. APEX water softeners use tiny ion-exchange resin beads that capture alcium and magnesium minerals. The resin beads are automatically cleaned and regenerated with water softener salt. This removes the minerals from the resin beads and flushes them down the drain. All this happens automatically by the electronic control valve which monitors and regulates the activity of the water softener.
Figure 1.1 Water Softener Working
What are the Benefits of Soft Water?
With soft water your hair will be soft and silky. Hair care products will work better and rinse away easier. No more dried out, frizzy hair! Soaps and personal care products lather up and work better with soft water. With an APEX water softener your skin will feel softer, cleaner and smoother because soaps rinse off with no residue. An APEX water softener can reduce usage and costs of shampoos and soaps by up to 75%. But there’s more!
- Extends the life of water heaters by reducing mineral build-up
- Increases water heater efficiency as much as 25%
- Prevents mineral scale from clogging shower heads
- Keeps toilets flushing smoothly by keeping the rim openings free of hard water deposits
- Reduces hard water build-up on sinks, faucets, shower doors and other plumbing fixtures
- Reduces unsightly white deposits on silverware and glassware
- Eliminates soap scum build-up on shower and backsplash tiles, tub surfaces and shower curtains.
- Makes cleaning of bathtubs and shower stalls quick and easy
- Makes hair silky smooth, eliminates frizzy hair problems
- Restores the rich lathering of body soaps, shampoos and personal care products
How do I select an APEX Water Softener?
APEX water treatment experts are here to help! We can make sure that you select the right water softener for your home. No high-pressure sales tactics. Nothing could be easier. Just give us a call!