Minerals and impurities, mainly calcium and magnesium, fill the water that flows out of our faucets and showerheads. These minerals are the reason why it’s called hard water, and hard water can cause a number of problems. With hard water flowing through our pipes, the minerals and impurities tend to accumulate inside our plumbing and result in clogged pipes. Aside from affecting the flow of water into showers and faucets, these minerals can also cause yellowish or brownish stains on your toilets, bathtubs, bathroom floors and tiled sinks.
Fortunately for us, hard water can be dealt with using a water softener. A water softener is just one of the many existing water treatment techniques designed to take out all the minerals and impurities in hard water. Essentially, a water softener cleans and purifies the water we use for cleaning, washing, bathing and drinking, and here’s how it works.