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Extend the Life of Your Appliances with a Water Softener in Kitchener

Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.

It’s OK to drink hard water, but it can cause trouble in your Kitchener home:

  • Mineral accumulation in plumbing and appliances
  • Reddish streaks in toilets
  • Faded clothing and rough towels
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Stains on dishes, flatware and glasses
  • Low flow rate during showers

Water softening solutions from Hammond Home Services by Enercare can take care of your home water trouble and bring you better-tasting drinking water.

Whether you’re starting to research water softeners or you need water softener repair, our crew of specialists are here to help.

Need a new water conditioning system for one affordable monthly payment? Ask us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1

Benefits of Using a Water Softener

It’s inexpensive to use a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity per year.2

A water softener only requires about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.

Soft water can make cleaning take less time, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.

Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures

Soft water helps water flow easily in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to gather in your pipes and fixtures. This can lead to clogs and decreased water pressure.

Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in fewer than 18 months. Soft water keeps the shine and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were installed.

Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t create deposits in pipes or limit water flow in fixtures.

Longer-Lasting Appliances

Over time, hard water can cause minerals to build up in your washing machine and dishwasher.

The mineral deposits in hard water make limescale when they become warm. This can spread over the heating elements in your appliances, lowering life span and efficiency.

As a result, your appliances may need repeated service or need to be exchanged earlier.

Efficient Water Heaters

Soft water maintains the efficiency of water heaters.

Gas storage and tankless water heaters using soft water hold on to the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year period. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can reduce efficiency by up to 48 percent.

If you have an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is an inferior heat conductor. It can decrease the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.

Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes

Hard water minerals collect on your skin and in your hair, triggering it to look dull. It can also lead to painful razor burn.

Soft water is more efficient at washing away soap residue, so you’ll have smoother skin and glossier hair. Plus, your clothes will look brighter and your dishes will look cleaner.

Less Soap and Cleaning Time

When you have hard water, you have to use additional soap for a decent lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This creates a scum on showers.

With soft water, you won’t need to spend as much time cleaning to get rid of soap scum. You’ll also use less soap.

What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems


What is Hard Water?

Hard water has more minerals than ordinary water.

What is a Water Softener System?

It’s an appliance that removes excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also reduces chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.

How Long Does a Water Softener Last?

A water softener that’s the appropriate size for your home will last for a long time. Its lifetime depends on the manufacturer and how much you operate it.

How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?

Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the fee may differ.

Costs can also differ based on how hard your water is and how much water you consume. If your water is extremely hard and is used excessively, softening expenses will increase.

Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?

Softened water contains all the natural minerals we need. While some sodium is mixed in during the softening process, softened water is absolutely safe to drink.

What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?

Water quality varies by geography and processing levels. It can also be affected by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.

You can find out if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.

The Environmental Working Group maintains a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community water plants analyzed in the U.S. carry chemicals linked to cancer, according to the group’s investigation.

Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?

A study by the Water Quality Association found a septic tank can’t be harmed by brine released by a water softener. The tanks that were reviewed were correctly placed and working properly.

Softened water may help decrease detergents being let into your septic tank.

Softer Water, Guaranteed

Hard water problems? Call us at 226-240-1120 or get a free no obligation quote online.

One of our experts can check if you need a water softener.

We stand behind our work with a worry free guarantee. That means we’ll get the job done properly the first time, whether you need us to service your water softener or install a new one.

1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.