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Skin Care & Water Softeners

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author image Charlotte Bumstead
Charlotte Bumstead began writing professionally in 2006. She writes profile stories about featured artists for the Central Ontario Arts Association newsletter and contributes to "Excalibur," a community newspaper. Bumstead graduated from York University in Toronto, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with honors in professional writing.
Skin Care & Water Softeners
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Are you tired of seeing soap scum accumulate on your dishes and glassware? Is your shampoo bottle emptied long before your conditioner? Are your fabrics coming out of the wash without feeling fully fresh and clean? If these problems sound familiar to you, it might be a good idea to look into a new water softener. The purpose of a water softener is to reduce water hardness, making effortless such tasks as showering, laundry and washing dishes.

Benefits of Water Softeners

A water softener will not only leave your skin feeling cleaner and smoother, but it will reduce scale build-up in your pipes, fixtures and appliances, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, or CMHC. This will allow appliances to operate efficiently and will diminish deposit stains on bathroom fixtures; mineral-formulated odors will also disappear. Different options of water softeners are available to benefit each household. An automatic softener will perform functions, such as regeneration, automatically. A time-clock softener allows the homeowner to pre-set the schedule of regenerating. The water meter option is used for the softener to regenerate based on volumes of water. Finally, the hardness sensor option supervises the hardness of the water and triggers regeneration when needed. Your water softener can be professionally installed in your home. Maintenance is rarely necessary as water softeners need modest care and typically last for many years

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Soft Water and Looking Beautiful

Experts say, "Soft water is gentle, beautifying, enriching." The results are visible in softer, cleaner skin, and silky, more manageable hair. Hard water contains large amounts of chalk, lime and other damaging minerals. Washing with hard water leaves hair looking limp and lifeless, as it traps bacteria and blocks pores, causing itching, chapping and dryness. Hard water prevents soap and shampoo from lathering and makes rinsing difficult. A water softener solves these problems as it removes chlorine and chemicals.

Pay Now, Save Later

Softer water will not only bring the natural glow and texture to your skin and hair, but it will save you money as it requires less quantity of products like soap, shampoo, conditioner, skin-care lotions, laundry and dish detergent. The initial purchase and installation of a water softener can be expensive. Automatic softeners can be the most costly, starting at around $900, according to the CMHC. Installation fees are additional, generally costing $250 per unit. However, there are options to minimize your water bill, by selecting a water-efficient model. It is helpful to understand the pattern of the softener's backwash and the amount of water used in regeneration. To ensure its prolonged existence, the water softener should regenerate at least once a week.

Tips for Purchasing a Water Softener

Though all water softeners use the process of combining water and salt to regenerate, there are many comparisons to look for when purchasing the best model for your home. Previously mentioned were different options for water softeners that require little exertion by the homeowner, as well as the opportunity for water-efficient models to lower long-term costs. It is also important to compare efficiency of models. The Aquamaster Company suggests that you ask the following questions:

1. How much water does the softener use per regeneration?

2. How much salt does it use per regeneration?

3. How much time does it take to regenerate?

4. How often will it regenerate?

5. How many grains of hardness are removed per regeneration?

6. How many bags of salt will be needed per year?

A thorough understanding of this knowledge will help in deciding on the best water softener for you and your family. If a company offers vague information in answering your questions, their product's performance is likely inadequate and they do not deserve your business.

Water Softeners and Your Health

Water softeners are not designed to remove microbiological contaminants that cause illness, and they should only be used to treat drinking water that is already considered safe. Sodium chloride, more commonly called salt, is used to soften water, and this can raise concern about potential health risks for individuals suffering from hypertension, kidney disease or congestive heart failure, according to the CMHC. However, some models place more stress on drinking water filtration than others. Remember, water is essential for life. Doing the research and paying the initial costs will not only renovate your water; it could aid your health.

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