Water softening can be an unfamiliar topic for some people, but its importance can be understood with a little explanation. How hard or soft your water is refers to the mineral content of your water supply or its chemistry beyond two hydrogens and one oxygen. While pure water is "H2O" chemically, it has the tendency to carry other elemental dissolved solids such as calcium, iron, magnesium, or other cations, positively charging your H2O. This "hard water" containing undesirable minerals can create issues for the water system immediately and over time if not corrected. These ions decrease the ability for soap and other products to dissolve, lessening their effectiveness. Hard water will require more soap, while soft water takes less soap for the same cleaning power due to better dissolution. Hard water is also the culprit for leaving soap scum inside sinks, baths, and showers for the same reasons. Down the road, hard water will cause scale buildup inside pipes, while soft water will get rid of limescale problems, prolonging the life of your plumbing and preventing foul smelling pipes. Water softening techniques include: lime softening, ion-exchange resins, reverse osmosis, and nanofiltration membranes. Trust the water experts to bring you the best water softening system for your needs, so you can get the most out of this precious resource!