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Should I get a water-softening treatment system?

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Recently, you may have heard your friends or neighbors talking about that new water softening system they had installed that has made life easier and more pleasurable at home. If you're unclear about what these systems do exactly, don't worry. We can bring you up to speed.

Water softening involves the removal of certain minerals and compounds from tap water - namely magnesium and calcium - and replacing them with sodium. In the context of residential systems, this is usually accomplished with an ionization process. Depending on how soft you want the water, you can purchase a system that removes a certain amount of "grains," or hardness, from the water. You can also lease a system if you'd rather not purchase it upfront.

The U.S. Geological Survey Office estimates that 85 percent of homes have problems with hard water, but many don't realize they have much to gain from installing a softening system.

There are many benefits to softening. Probably the most obvious is that you'll need a lot less shampoo and lather when showering, but you'll also notice that your dishes won't have white spots after being washed and the tile work in your shower and bathroom won't develop lime and scaling as a result of mineral build up over time.

Water softeners require little maintenance and can be serviced very easily. For more information on whether such a system will benefit you and your family, contact the Arlington, VA plumbing technicians at John C. Flood. We can walk you through the softening process and let you know whether you'll benefit from having a softener installed in your home.