Unless you are harvesting rainwater for your home’s water supply, there’s a high chance that you get hard water in your home. It is the case with most homes in Edmonton. And hard water isn’t good for you. It can cause several skin and hair problems, mineral buildup in your plumbing system, and stain your utensils and clothes. Lucky for you, we know a few ways to soften your water. Here’s how.

Boil the Water

Instead of drinking water straight out of the faucet, you should boil it before drinking. Hard water contains calcium bicarbonate, which is not suitable for your skin, hair, and nails. The boiling process precipitates the calcium content and removes it from the water, resulting in soft water, which is much better to drink. 

Washing Soda for Laundry

Hard water is not bad for your clothes either. It contains calcium and magnesium that can damage the soft cotton, cause fraying or stains on clothes. The solution? Use washing soda while doing laundry to protect your clothes. Washing soda contains chemicals like carbonic acid and salt that softens the hard water and preventing it from staining or damaging your clothes.

Vinegar for Plumbing Fixtures

You might think hard water is a villain! It is also bad for your plumbing fixtures and utensils as it contains calcium that leaves stains on the metal and chrome surfaces. If you are facing this issue, we recommend using hot all-natural vinegar to clean those fixtures. If you can, you should even place the fixtures or utensils in a bowl of vinegar for some time. The vinegar dissolves the calcium deposits within minutes, removing the while film.

Water Softener

All those solutions are right, but you can save yourself so much effort by simply investing in a dedicated water softener. What is it? It is a type of water filtration system that treats the incoming hard water and converts it into soft water before it reaches your plumbing system and your water glasses. 

They work on neutralizing technologies where the hard water is distilled through reverse osmosis, sand filtration, or ion exchange, depending on the type of water cleansing system. These processes effectively remove the hard calcium from the water, turning it soft. Some water softeners also work as water filtration systems as they can remove lead, metal, iron, pathogen, debris, acid, oil, scum, etc., from your water supply, making the water much safer for you to drink.

We know investing in a water softener may seem like an expensive investment, but it is worth it. With it, you can protect your skin and hair, avoid damage to your clothes, and avoid costly repairs to your plumbing system caused by the hard water. After all, hard water is one of the leading causes of mineral buildup in Edmonton’s plumbing systems.

We can help you find the best water softener for your home. Give us a call.