Will soft water clean the household pipes?
If the question is asked because you had really hard water in your home and no water
softener for a long period of time, to the point it left the pipes lined with limestone,
calcium, dirt etc., the answer is yes.
Over time the soft water will break down the hardness and debris left in the pipes from
hard water and carry most of it away. Water heaters will begin to use far less energy to
heat the water right away and over time will start to remove the massive amounts of
calcium, limestone and other debris collected. That is like having a big calcium brick
on the bottom of the heater.
Normally with hard water you have to heat through this brick of hardness and debris
before you even heat the water. Not only will that save a fortune on energy to heat the
water, the soft water is generally much lighter in weight with all of that hardness gone,
so just the water being lighter can save as much as 20% or much more on the money
you spend to heat the water. Not to mention your clothes are softer, whiter and brighter
than they have ever been before.
That is why most people, whether they realize it or not, save enough money in their
overall budget to pay for the initial expense of a water softener or water conditioner
many times over. Add that to the fact that people with sensitive skin who have
excessively hard water gain an incredible advantage when they change to soft water.
If you buy an efficient water softener such as they sell at BudgetWater.com, salt
becomes a minimal expense as the average person with a properly applied water
softener or water conditioner can expect to only add salt about once per year. Average
salt cost would then be about $25 a year depending on where you buy the salt.