If you could save additional dollars each month, would you? The answer is probably a resounding “yes!” The source of that savings may surprise you. The money you can recoup may be going down the drain, thanks to your water pipes.
In 85 percent of North America., hard water and its high mineral content cause deposits, also known as scale, on pipes throughout your home. The more scale, the more problems. Scale constricts the opening in your pipes, reducing the flow and water pressure and decreasing the lifespan of major appliances by up to 50 percent due to the extreme wear and tear. That also means increased maintenance needs.
Additionally, scale buildup from hard water can increase the cost of water energy bills by up to 29 percent. The reduced efficiency of your water heater and other appliances makes them work twice as hard to do their jobs.
What Hard Water is Costing You
Let’s break down the dollars. As you can see, the impact of hard water is not just with your appliances, but also contributes to increased costs for household and personal cleaning supplies. That’s because hard water leaves a hard-to-clean film and scale on bath and kitchen fixtures, shower walls and toilets. You may notice spotty, filmy glasses and dishes, and soap that won’t lather no matter how much you use.
Added Costs with Hard Water
Cleaning and personal care
– 40 percent more or $450/year
• Laundry Detergent: $200
• Bath & Kitchen Soaps: $75
• Lotions: $100
• Household Cleaners: $75
Gas and electric use
– 29 percent more or $60/year
Plumbing and appliances
– reduce repair / replacement costs by 30 – 50 percent or $90/year on:
• Water Heater
• Washing Machine
– reduces lifespan by 50 percent or $200/year
• Clothing: $125
• Towels: $75
Estimated Annual Cost of Hard Water
Protect Your Valuables
A water softener, which removes the hard water minerals from your water, helps keep your appliances working efficiently, clothing pristine, and your gas bills low.
To get started with a permanent solution, request a free test strip, which will confirm if you have hard water. Once you know that answer, an easy questionnaire helps you determine the best system solution for your home.