We’ve written about water softeners before on our blog, because dealing with hard water is a common trouble homes in the area face. Hard water has a high mineral content, and there are many problems that these minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) create for a household and its plumbing. As a quick refresher, here’s why hard water can be bad news for a house:
- It creates scale deposits inside pipes, leading to clogging, high water pressure, and rapid pipe deterioration.
- It damages water-using appliances, particularly the water heater.
- It leaves behind an unpleasant film on surfaces.
- Soap dissolves poorly in hard water, which results in soapy residue on skin and hair.
- It leeches the color from clothing.
But… there’s something else you need to know about hard water minerals. Hard water is not harmful to drink. In fact, those minerals are important ones for your body’s health—they’re part of the essential vitamins and minerals you hear advertised on food products. And this is why we need to talk about remineralization when discussing the installation of a water softener in Santa Barbara, CA.