|Answer two questions to see if you need a water softener
(NAPS)—If you don’t have a water softener in your home, you might not realize the effect it can have on your quality of life.
Fact is, today’s high-efficiency water softeners can substantially lower water and electricity costs while making water-using appliances more efficient.
Other benefits include:
• Sparkling dishes
• Shinier hair
• Softer skin
• Brighter, softer laundry
• Better-tasting water.
Not everyone with hard water is aware of those benefits, however. Your answers to two simple questions can help you determine whether your home would benefit from a water softener.
Question 1: What does it cost to treat your water? You may be treating your water to counteract hardness with costly chemical-based products such as detergents, shampoos, fabric softeners or dishwasher rinse agents. While you’ll still need to buy these, with a water softener, you will need significantly less. You may also eliminate costly repairs for other water-using appliances, like a water heater or dishwasher, and reduce plumbing bills.
Question 2. What’s your home’s water quality? Certain signs indicate you may need softer water. Have you noticed:
• Soap scum in the shower or bathtub
• Stains on your drinking glasses after a run through the dishwasher
• Dingy, scratchy clothes
• Dry skin and dull hair
• Scale buildup on fixtures
• A “rotten egg” odor
• A water heater that is leaking or producing unstable water temperatures?
A local water expert like a Culligan Man can conduct an in-home test for hardness, iron, copper, pH and alkalinity. People with well water can have a Culligan Man send a sample to the company’s water laboratory, which is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program and the U.S. EPA. Based on testing results, he can recommend a high-efficiency water softener that meets your home’s specific needs, install it, service it, deliver materials and even fill your tank.
You can also find out about water quality from a water utility, a water quality association or the U.S. EPA website at EPA.gov.
For more about high-efficiency water softeners, visit http://www. culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/.