What Happens If You Don't Soften Your Hard Water?

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Have you been told that you have hard water and need to install a water softener in your home? You would not be the first one to questions whether this is really necessary. After all, a water softener can be pretty expensive and you don't want to waste money on something you don't need. However, the truth is, if your plumber is recommending a water softener, it really is in your best interest -- long term-- to follow this advice. Here's a look at what could happen if you don't.

Clogged pipes.

When your pipes become clogged with soft material like toilet paper, you can just remove the clog. However, hard water creates a different type of clog in your pipes. Minerals slowly deposit out of the water, building residue on the inside of your pipes. Eventually, these deposits become so thick that they impede the flow of water or stop it completely. Since they're so hard, you can't just remove them like you would an ordinary clog. You have to replace the pipes, which may end up costing you more than installing a water softener would have.

Malfunctioning appliances.

Think of all the appliances in your home that use water. There's your dishwasher, coffee pot, garbage disposal, and even the water dispenser in your fridge. Over time, the minerals in the hard water can settle into the jets and water holding devices in these appliances. Your coffee pot may stop allowing water through. The stream in your water dispenser may grow narrower and narrower. Having to replace one appliance may not seem like a big deal, but actually, all of your water-using appliances will have a shorter lifespan due to the hard water cycling through them.

Dry hair and skin.

Having to deal with dry skin and fluffy, dry hair is no heyday. But these problems are likely to grow worse and worse over time if you have hard water. The minerals that deposit on your skin and hair leech moisture out of your body. They also make it tough for the oils in lotions and moisturizers to work their way through. You'll have a lot less dryness, itchiness, flaking, and even dandruff if you install a water softener.

If your plumber has recommended a water softener, you'd best take this advice. The softener may cost a bit, but you'll save money -- and a lot of headaches -- in the long run by making this investment up front.

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