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The Benefits of a Water Softener – Kansas & Missouri

What are the benefits of installing a water softener in your home or business? American Home Services offers the RainSoft water treatment system, a leader in the industry for treating, filtering and softening water in homes and businesses in the Kansas City area. You might say we know a thing or two about hard water and the effectiveness of a water softener.

Water is an element of nature that works as a solvent picking up minerals such as calcium and magnesium as it passes through the soil and retaining those minerals in high concentrations. Water that is high in mineral content is considered to be ‘hard’ water. 85% of the United States has hard water, and the area we live in has some of the hardest water in the country. This leads to mineral buildup or scaling, in water lines, pipes, and household and business equipment that uses water.Water Softener Hard Water American Home Services Kansas City

Hard water is not a risk to a person’s health, but it does contribute to other problems. The scaly buildup inside pipes, water heaters, coffee makers, respiratory equipment, irons, and industrial equipment that requires the use of water to operate properly causes this equipment to malfunction and fail. That’s why it is often suggested you use mineral-free water for these types of appliances. The high concentration of minerals in hard water also cuts the effectiveness of synthetic detergents causing a filmy buildup on dishware and turning laundry dingy and gray. Mineral buildup restricts the flow through the pipes and is a poor conductor of heat, and in equipment such as water heaters decreases function and can lead to higher costs for energy as well as the cost of replacement and repairs.

‘Soft’ water contains few or no extra mineral elements. It can be naturally occurring, but is most often obtained after being treated with a water softener. This is a type of equipment designed to remove the naturally occurring minerals that make the water hard. There needs to be a balance in the hardness of the water and a water softener provides that balance. If the mineral content of the water is too low, it can deteriorate metal hand rails and ladders in swimming pools, stains concrete, vinyl and fiberglass materials and reduces the effectiveness of chlorine. Calcium chloride is often used in pool maintenance to increase the hardness of water in the pool. One of the most common ways to reduce the hardness of water is distillation. Another is reverse osmosis, but the most common way is by the addition of a chemical water softener. Conventional water-softener appliances require ion-exchange resin – when the ions are exchanged for sodium ions – so sodium replaces the calcium and/or magnesium in the water.

A RainSoft water softener from American Home Services LLC will eliminate hard water nuisances and enhance the quality of the water in your home in Kansas City, KS, Leavenworth, KS, Belton, MO, Kansas City, MO, or another nearby community in Kansas or Missouri. To save money on repair and replacement of equipment in your home or business, contact AHS for a free consultation 913-380-4545, or visit us online at