Hard water possesses an uncommonly high level of minerals in it, such as magnesium, salt, and calcium. If you notice water spots on your plates after you run the dishwasher, then your house or apartment likely has hard water. This can easily impact your dishwasher- and other water-using appliances in a number of ways. Here’s what you really need to know about the impact of minerals and just how a water softener can help.

The Effects of Hard Water on Your Dishwasher

As the water goes through your dishwasher, it leaves behind minerals. This mineral buildup occurs all throughout the inside of the dishwasher and all the water lines. As the buildup increases, it will stop up the lines. Water pressure is affected, as much less water can move through the pipe. The dishwasher ends up being less efficient and will need to work harder to clean your dishes, sucking up more energy and prematurely wearing out. Salt accumulations also corrode any metal components, cutting short your dishwasher’s life span.

How to Protect your Dishwasher

To protect your dishwasher and your various other water-using appliances, install a water softener. A softener uses an ion exchange technique to eliminate the calcium and magnesium from the water, leaving you with mineral-free water. After you install the softener, your detergent will work more efficiently, and you’ll need less of it.

For a short-term 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 Fossati Plumbing. With their help, you’ll have higher quality water, improved cleaning efficiency, and longer-lasting appliances. Fossati Plumbing has been providing expert plumbing and water treatment services to homeowners in the Putnam County, Dutchess County and Northern Westchester County regions for more than 40 years in the Hudson Valley, NY. Learn more about their water systems online, and call 845-278-0300 to schedule a free water analysis.