When we think of our drinking water, we often tend to worry about quantity over quality. Getting your eight glasses a day is important, but equally vital is the mineral and chemical content, as well as the purity. While bottled water immediately springs to mind, it’s actually quite easy to enhance your ordinary tap water’s health benefits. Using a water softener to turn your ordinary tap water into conditioned water through a company like Dupage Water Conditioning provides a number of health, cleanliness, and economic benefits.
1. Protecting Your Skin
We tend to treat skin disorders with little seriousness, but for the millions of people who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, and similar conditions, it can dramatically reduce their comfort and quality of life. From painful itching and scabbing, embarrassing flaking and shedding, and increased risk to infection, common skin disorders bring with them a host of challenges. Unfortunately, doctors have little to offer beyond steroidal cream, many of which have dangerous side effects.
Thankfully, conditioned water can actually offer some relief. Cleanliness is important for those with skin conditions, and while soap and shampoo do some of the work, regular tap water often leaves behind a filmy residue on skin and hair which can further exacerbate these conditions. Conditioned water, unlike untreated hard water, does not react to the magnesium salt and calcium found in most soaps, leaving you with softer, healthier skin.
2. The Bathroom
It’s quite ironic that, while we think of our bathroom showers and sinks as a place to get clean, they’re actually littered with germs. This is an unfortunate side effect of moisture, which provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. While bleaching products and other cleaning materials handle some of the problem, using these cleaners to their full potential isn’t possible with hard water.
The host of chemicals and minerals found in untreated water prevent cleaning products from effectively dissolving and distributing, thereby limiting their effectiveness. As conditioning your water removes these impurities, you’ll get the most utility out of your cleaning products and a healthy, germ-free bathroom.
3. The Kitchen
Like it or not, but your kitchen counter is likely packed with germs that feed off small food and drink residue that even the most thorough housekeeper won’t notice. These unseen pests can certainly be felt. Bacteria and germs in the kitchen spoil food and spread everything from the common cold to severe stomach viruses. As with our bathrooms, this is simply the result of unconditioned hard water not allowing soaps and cleaners to do their jobs.
Unless you plan to order in all of your meals, kitchen cleanliness is a vital way to avoid bacteria and viral infections. Installing a water softener will provide you with conditioned water that allows common household cleaners to work at their full potential.
Use a teapot enough times and it will eventually build up hard, unsightly, and difficult to clean deposits of calcium, lime, and other substances. While these are easy enough to notice, such deposits also build up inside coffee makers, dishwashers, and other appliances. Not only does this sediment impact the taste, but it can also bring a host of bacteria with it.
Conditioned water reduces the quantity of these sediments to a safe healthy level, ensuring you get an appropriate dietary amount and also holding back the bacteria that come with excess sediment levels. As an added bonus, reducing these sediments means there won’t build up inside your appliances, thereby increasing the longevity of your kitchen essentials.
5. The Dose Makes the Poison
Calcium and magnesium are beneficial at the appropriate doses, but consuming above the daily recommended quantity is linked to a host of medical conditions. While reducing consumption via food is as simple as reading labels, it often doesn’t even occur to many that hard drinking water can contain massive amounts of these substances, along with other dissolved metals that, while fine in small doses, can have negative consequences if too much is consumed. Installing a water softener to condition your water supply makes this problem trivial by lowering levels of these sediments and metals back to levels safe for human consumption.
Water Is Life
Water is essential for life. Whether drinking it, washing dishes, showering, brushing teeth, or a million other brief activities, we interact with this essential liquid countless times throughout the day. Unfortunately, modern living means we depend upon taps instead of fresh springs for our water, and this often means contamination and other issues. Simply installing a water softener dramatically reduces these risks, turning your tap into a personal wellspring of fresh, clean water.