You get points if you recognize the title of this article as lyrics from Queen's hit song Another One Bites the Dust. If you didn't recognize them, you might be the only person in the world who hasn't fallen in love with the band all over again after seeing the Oscar-nominated movie, Bohemian Rhapsody. We forgive you though.
The important thing is that you recognize that this time of year, dust is all around us. It's in the air you're breathing, and it may even be in the water you're drinking. If you want your hard water to "bite the dust," read on to learn about the causes of hard water and how water filters can help you get rid of it.
Your Hard Water Problem Could be Dust Related
Most people understand that hard water is caused by a high content of minerals like magnesium and calcium in their water supply, but did you know that hard water can also be caused by other pollutants as well?
One of those pollutants is dust! That’s right! If you have noticed that your skin is itchier when you step out of the shower than when you got in, it may be caused by dust in the water!
Hard water not only causes itchiness and irritation, but it can also make your soaps and detergents less effective, so you waste more when trying to wash your clothes and dishes. Hard water often leaves behind a white film or little white spots on your clothes and dishes, rather than rinsing the soap clean off.
Get Yourself a Water Softener
Water softeners can help you solve your hard water problems. There are a number of different kinds of water softeners available, all of which have a unique way of removing the harsh chemicals and dust from your plumbing system.
The most common type of water softener is a salt-based ion exchanger, which works by replacing the calcium and magnesium ions in your water with sodium ions in a tank.
That tank is then flushed several times to push the magnesium and calcium, as well as dust and dirt, out of the tank.
Water Softener Cost vs. Benefits
You may be wondering what it costs to install a water softener and finally end your hard water woes. A water softener installation can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars, all the way up to $10,000, though the national average is around $3,000.
That may seem like a lot to spend on a water softener when you've been surviving perfectly well without one, but let's consider the benefits of water softeners for a moment.
- Soft water is gentler on skin and hair.
- Soft water requires less soap or detergent to clean clothes and dishes, so it saves you money.
- Soft water makes it easier to clean your home because it doesn't leave behind spots.
We love Queen any time of the year, but Another One Bites the Dust is a particular favorite of ours in the spring, because of the higher presence of dust during this season.
If you’ve got a favorite springtime anthem, whether it’s a rock classic or a fresh new hip-hop track or anything in between, let us know so we can check it out!