Do your glasses or dishes have watermarks, even right after being cleaned? Are your clothes fading? Does your skin and hair feel itchy or dry after a shower? Do you see excessive lime and chalk buildup in sinks and showers? If you’re answering yes to any of those scenarios, you might be dealing with a hard water problem. This can be stressful, but there is a solution. A water softener treats hard water by removing the minerals calcium and magnesium, the main culprits of hard water. If the perk of getting rid of hard water isn’t enough to make you want a water softener, here are four other benefits. 1. Brighter, Cleaner, and Softer Clothes In your laundry machine, hard water will cause detergent to form soap scum, which will prevent your clothes from becoming completely clean. Clothes and sheets will start to fade or feel scratchy because of the extra mineral substance. The minerals will get trapped in clothes, which will make them stiff and ruin the original color. With a water softener, your clothes will continue to keep their color and whites will stay bright! 2. Saves Money Appliances and plumbing: Hard water has the potential to cause buildup in faucets, pipes, and many household appliances. Soft water lacks the mineral ions that cause buildup in pipes and appliances, saving you from costly repair bills. Soaps and cleaning products: Soft water makes it easier to lather soap and shampoo. This means you don’t have to restock cleaning products so often. Electric and gas bills: A water softener can lower electric bills by preventing some damage that could happen to pipes. Without buildup in pipes, space will be available for proper water movement, and there will be no need for higher water pressure to push the water. A water heater will use between 20 percent to 30 percent less energy over the course of a year if it has access to soft water. 3. Softer Skin and Hair After washing in hard water, hair is left looking dull-looking and skin can become dry and itchy. The water doesn’t nourish hair or skin; instead, it dries it out. The minerals settle on your skin, and soap that doesn’t dissolve properly can’t remove the minerals. That residue is what makes your skin and hair rough and dry. A water softener will eliminate these damaging minerals, allowing you to have a deeper clean and skin that can hold moisture. 4. Less Time Cleaning In a home with hard water, cleaning is a never-ending battle. Dishes will be left with residue, and stains and soap scum will build up in showers and sinks. Soft water is better used for household cleaning because it will not leave behind mineral residue. If you’re tired of the problems that are associated with hard water, a water softener could be the solution for you! At AAA Water Systems, we have a wide range of water softeners to choose from, and we will find the best fit for your home. Call us today at 800-990-9191 to receive a free consultation.