5 Water Softening Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Do you want to install a water softener but have some doubts? Water softening is very beneficial in a home. It lathers easily, reduces the buildup of limescale on bathroom walls, and feels better on your skin when you bathe. But there are many unfounded myths about water softening that keep some people from these benefits. Here are some common myths that you won't have to worry about.

1. Water Softening Eliminates Essential Minerals

It is true that water softening removes calcium and magnesium from water because these are the minerals that cause water hardness. But there are only trace amounts of these minerals in drinking water. You get much more of these minerals from the food you eat. Dietary intake compensates many times over. 

2. Water in Urban Areas Does not Need Softening 

It is important that urban areas have safe water for their populations to drink. Hard water is still safe to drink, so they are not under obligation to do water softening. If anything, water authorities in sparsely populated areas might have more latitude in water treatment. You need to soften your water even when living in a big town.

3. Water Softeners Have High Salt Levels 

Some myths say that soft water has too high levels of sodium and makes soft water taste salty. Healthy and safe drinking water contains trace elements of various minerals, including sodium. The amounts are very minimal as to cause a change in the taste of water. This means you don't have to worry about this issue if you have your water softened.

4. Water Softening Is Expensive 

A water softener will cost money, but it compensates for the benefits of soft water. Your water heater will perform at peak efficiency for longer because it does not have excessive mineral buildup on the inside. The kettle will also function as expected and save energy bills because there is no limescale buildup on the heating element. You will also save good money in the long term in reduced detergent purchases. 

5. Soft Water Is Uncomfortable for Bathing 

On the contrary, soft water makes bathing a better experience because applying soap on the skin is easier. If you are using a bathtub, the water makes it lather more. In contrast, hard water is harsh on the skin. Look at your skin when getting out of a swimming pool. Washing with hard water makes your skin feel dry and crackly. Alternatively, water softening makes water feel smoother on the skin.

Are your water appliances building up limescale too fast? Engage a sanitation service for water softening advice and enjoy healthier, safe and more usable water. Contact a water softening service for more information.