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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Portable Water Softeners Can Maintain the Quality of Your RV and Belongings

If you're an avid RV'er that travels throughout the United States regularly, then you've probably noticed several campgrounds and RV parks with hard water. Unfortunately, that is a much more common occurrence than people know about and can be especially bad in the Sun Belt States such as Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California and parts of the Midwest. Having a portable water softener can prolong the life and resale value of your RV and increase the quality of your trips. 
1) Prolonged exposure to hard water can damage your sinks, toilets and showers. Heated hard water leaves a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals that can degrade the quality of your pipes prematurely.
2) Washing your clothes in hard water leads to them wearing out sooner than you'd like.  The minerals found in the water damages fibers, causing them to feel dingy and harsh. Sustained exposure will shorten the life of your favorite shirts.
3) Calcium and magnesium break down the effectiveness of soap. In hard water, you'll find that it becomes very difficult to get suds and will often have leftover residue in the form of a sticky scum. Bad for your pipes and showers and especially unpleasant when you need to clean yourself.
4) A 1/4 inch build up of scale in your water heating element will cause you to use 40% more energy to heat up water.
The addition of a water softener to your RV is a great investment to its longevity.  In the long run, the money saved from preventing premature damage to pipes, maintaining lower energy costs and keeping a high resale value in case you decide to part ways with the vehicle, will offset the initial costs.
Questions or thoughts about adding a water softener to your RV?  Contact us!  We'd love to hear from you!

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