Plumber inspecting faucet

Hard water is caused by calcium and magnesium, a combo that wreaks havoc on your appliances, your skin, and your energy bills. But there’s an easy fix: Installing a water softener removes those substances. You’ll notice a dramatic reduction of buildup on your bathtub, sinks, faucets, and wall tiles or shower surrounds. Your dishes will be less spotty, too, reducing the need for a rinse aid in your dishwasher. Next up, laundry—you’ll notice your whites will be whiter and your colors brighter. And installing a water softener also means appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, and iron will last longer, so you don’t have to replace them as often.

Plumber showing customer water lines