Some days just don’t turn out like you plan.
When you live in the country, and you have your own well, you may need a water softener to make your water usable. Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and in many cases, iron. In my neck of the woods without a water softener, water is orange, smells like sulfur, and you can use half a bottle of shampoo and still not get enough suds! Dishes come out of the dishwasher or sink with spots, sinks and bathtubs turn orange, towels are not soft and fluffy, and you may spend a small fortune on “The Works” which is a product I use to get rid of the orangey iron stains. Years ago, when we remodeled our bathroom I threatened to buy all orange fixtures to make it easier to clean, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of an orange bathroom.
For the past two weeks, we have noticed our water getting even harder than normal. One of our guys worked on our old water softener a few times, hoping it would help. But nothing seemed to improve. We finally decided to replace it. When I looked up the records we had purchased that last one in 1998, so it was time for a new one. The life of a water softener is usually 10-12 years. The hot water heater is affected as well. Hard water is hard on everything and there is buildup in the water heater which needs to be cleaned occasionally on a regular basis. Unfortunately no one here remembers to do that kind of task so we have had several hot water heaters in the past 40 years. Its hard on the washing machine and hard on the dishwasher as well. It’s hard on the toilets and sinks and showers and tubs. My old dishwasher had turned orange inside, despite the fact that we tried to keep the water “soft”.
Today, the new water softener was installed, which meant I did without water for most of the day. Which means my plans for the day changed drastically. No laundry, no cleaning; not that it was such a bad thing. But now the water is back and I am excited to take a shower tonight and maybe actually do something with my hair!