water softener

Up until I moved to Rockland county back in December 2005, I never even heard of the Water Softener.
That's because I lived in Queens prior to moving up to Rockland and NYC is known to have the best and cleanest water in the country.

So, what is a water softener?
well, as the name suggests, it's nothing but a device that softens the water.

Why do you have to soften the water?
While NYC gets their water from reservoirs in upstate NY, we (Rockland) get our water from underground. The underground water is considered a hard water because it contains minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Hard water is not a health risk, but a nuisance because of mineral buildup on fixtures and poor soap and/or detergent performance.

They say that appliances such as washing machines, dish washers, and boilers have to work harder when using a hard water, and it's not as efficient and effective when compared to using with a soft water. On top of that, the appliance life span is significantly reduced when used with hard water.

When we moved to our current house, there already was a water softener in the boiler room but it recently broke down and we had to call Culligan to get it repaired.
It turns out that our water softener was about 30 years old. The repair man said the water softener probably wasn't doing much because it was so old.

So we got a new water softener from Culligan and this time we got a High Efficiency water softener for about $2,000.

Ever since we got the new water softener, we noticed the difference in water when taking showers and when doing the dishes.

The soften water is different from the soft water in NYC where soften water feels little slimy on your skin. It's little annoying but we are slowly getting used to it.

Our glass cups and sink top used to have water (mineral) stains but now we don't see them with the soften water.

So do you really need a water softener?
Why wouldn't you get a water softener when hard water can do damages to your appliances in long term as well as leave mineral stains in glasswares and affect your laundry machine's performance?
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