80 percent of Americans live in an area where hard water is an issue – and Chicagoland (along with the Great Lakes region as a whole) has the highest concentration of hard water in the United States. If you’re a landlord who owns property in the Chicago metro area or the surrounding suburbs, investing in a water softener for your units/tenants is a wise decision. The professionals at Allan E. Power Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Brookfield offer the following reasons why.
Providing your tenants with “soft” water has several advantages. Cleaner water for bathing and doing the dishes, better water for washing clothes in, and water that doesn’t leave a difficult-to-clean residue in the shower and in sinks are all advantages offered by a water softener. And from a monetary point of view, soft water won’t slowly compromise the performance of appliances like hard water does, which equates to lower maintenance costs and lower monthly water bills.
Reduce Your Monthly Expenses
Speaking of lower monthly water bills, there are some other places where a water softener can help landlords save money. For one, hard water is known to negatively impact water pressure because the minerals in the water coalesce over time and begin blocking pipes from transporting water smoothly. Thus water pressure is increased, and your building ends up using more water to function properly. This applies to boilers too, where hard-water minerals accumulate over time and make it harder to heat your apartments efficiently. From an aesthetic perspective, hard water’s presence in common areas like pool showers and community kitchens will see you spending more on cleaning products.
Cleaner Sinks, Showers, Hair, and Clothes
Hard water isn’t good for hair or clothes. In fact, prolonged washing of the hair and clothes in hard water can make both feel scratchy. Over time, hair washed in hard water becomes coarse and stringy, while clothes become stiff and in some cases discolored. Also, sinks and showers that are left dirty for an extended period of time can see hard water minerals build up on tile and in grout, discoloring showers and tubs and making it difficult to restore them to their original color. A water softener installed by our plumbers serving Burr Ridge and Countryside can prevent these things from happening.
Extend the Lifetime of Your Tenants’ Appliances
Dishwashers, washing machines, icemakers, and other water-using appliances can go from like-new to “struggling” in a relatively short period of time if they’re constantly using hard water. All of these appliances have hoses that can become clogged with hard water detritus, and moving parts that can be prevented from doing their job when they become slowed by the presence of mineral build-up. Dishwashers will eventually begin staining dishes and flatware, and washing machines won’t clean clothes like they should. As mentioned above, higher utility bills are one downside – and even worse, an appliance may break if left dirty for too long. A water softener ensures that your appliances’ hoses and parts are only exposed to soft water that’s easy to process.
Clean Water = Better Health
Water softeners are of significant benefit to tenants who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions that can be aggravated by the substances in hard water. Also, by filtering out minerals from your building’s water supply before it reaches your tenants’ apartments, everyone benefits from tastier, healthier drinking water.
For help in purchasing and installing the ideal commercial water softener for your building in Hinsdale or Western Springs, contact Allan E. Power Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling.