If you have problems with hard water in your home -- which can cause dishes not to get clean, laundry to always look slightly dirty, and soap not to lather -- you're not alone; it's estimated that 85% of Americans are in the same boat as you. Making sure that you change your hard water to soft water might be a no-brainer when it comes to making sure you home has resale value, but did you know it can have health benefits as well? If you're wondering what health benefits can come from soft water, then here's what you need to know.
A Hairy Situation
Two of the most important factors of hair health are your hair's natural oils and the slickness of its cuticles. If your hair's cuticles are roughed up (like they are from the minerals in hard water), your hair will be rough and prone to frizz and fly-aways. Hard water strips away the natural oils in your hair, which can cause dry, brittle hair and even make you more prone to dandruff. Soft water will allow the shampoo to lather, creating a deeper clean, but will also rinse away the soap without having dry and damaged hair.
It's an irony of skin care that the same substance -- soap -- that helps keep you clean and hygienic also can damage your skin if left on too long. Hard water prevents your skin both from being cleaned as well as washing off the soap when you're done lathering it up -- leaving behind a slightly sticky soap residue called "soap curd." Soft water prevents soap curd from forming, allowing the soap to wash off easily and preventing the soap from clogging your pores, leaving behind refreshed and healthy skin that can replenish its own natural oils after you get out of the shower.
The Nail In The Coffin
Your nails might seem like an unimportant part of your body to be worrying about, but nail health is actually extremely important. Having clean, healthy nails can prevent painful and annoying breakages and can add to an overall polished look, no matter if you paint and/or dress up your nails or leave them bare. All of the minerals in hard water can be hard on your nails, especially since they'll be soaking in that water while you bathe or shower, and can cause them to become brittle or even split.
Contact a professional business, like Hague Quality Water of Kansas City Inc., to discuss your options for a water softener today.