Hard water has an unusually high level of minerals in it, such as magnesium, salt, and calcium. If you notice water spots on your dishes after you run the dishwasher, then your home likely has hard water. This can affect your dishwasher—and other water-using appliances—in a variety of ways. Here’s what you need to know about the impact of minerals and how a water softener can help.
A Guide to Your Dishwasher & Hard Water
The Impact on Your Dishwasher
As the water runs through your dishwasher, it leaves minerals behind. This mineral buildup occurs throughout the inside of the dishwasher and all the water lines. As the buildup grows, it will clog the lines. Water pressure is affected, as less water can move through the pipe. The dishwasher becomes less efficient and will work harder to clean your dishes, sucking up more energy and prematurely wearing out. Salt buildups also corrode any metal components, shortening your dishwasher’s life span.
How to Protect your Dishwasher
To protect your dishwasher and your other water-using appliances, install a water softener. A softener uses an ion exchange technique to remove the calcium and magnesium from the water, leaving you with mineral-free water. Once you install the softener, your detergent will work more efficiently, and you’ll need less of it.
For a temporary solution before installing a softener, remove the mineral buildup with distilled white vinegar. Place two cups of it on the bottom rack in an open container, and then run it normally without the drying cycle. This will dissolve the minerals.
When you need a water softener to help your dishwasher run more efficiently, contact The Water Source. With their help, you’ll have higher quality water, improved cleaning efficiency, and longer-lasting appliances. This water treatment company has been installing and servicing water softener systems for more than 30 years in the Hudson Valley, NY. Learn more about their water systems online, and call (845) 297-1600 to schedule a free water analysis.