Do I Need a Commercial Water Softener for my Business?By John Davis - February 6, 2015
Softer towels and linens, lathery soap and softer skin, all make for happier customers. If your business’s water is hard, and your customers use your water, it can be the difference between a one-time or repeat customer and positive vs negative online reviews.
Not to mention that hard water also causes a buildup of scale which overtime will clog pipes and damage appliances. Not only can damage occur in the long run, but scaling in hot water heaters and boilers will make it harder to heat water, resulting in greater energy use and higher powers bills each month.
What Exactly is Hard Water?
Water hardening is a natural process where minerals such as calcium and magnesium dissolve into the rain water as it soaks from the earth’s surface through rock and soil to underground water supplies. Water hardness is usually measured in Grains per Gallon (gpg), or Milligrams per Liter (mg/L).
Water hardness varies per location with some areas having generally harder water than others, but you’ll want to get a water testing kit, or for the best result a more in-depth laboratory test, to determine the exact hardness of your water source.
The harder the water, the more likely it is to cost you in the long run.
What Types of Industries Can Benefit the Most from a Water Softener?
Businesses that rely heavily on water to clean and that supply showers and towels to their customers are more likely to see benefits and will reap the financial awards in a shorter period. If you’ve ever taken a shower in an area with really hard water you will understand why. Soap in hard water is very difficult to lather and takes a long time to rinse, not only does this require the use of more soap, but also more water and energy to heat that water.
When using soft water soap lathers and rinses more easily, laundry washes with cooler water and feels softer, dishes come out sparkling and shiny.
Below are some of the industries that can see immediate benefits from softer water.
- Coffee Shops
- Fitness Facilities
- Corporate Office Buildings
- Car Washes
- Pet Groomers
- Apartments Complexes
- Shopping Centers
- Landry Mats
Questions to Ask Yourself:
- Does my business have restrooms or showers where customers use soap and warm water to wash their hands and or bodies – if so, what is the volume?
- Does my business use expensive equipment such as washing machines, dishwashers, pressure washers, coffee / espresso machines?
- Does my business use water purifying equipment such as a reverse osmosis system?
- Does my business engage in daily cleaning that requires warm water and detergents, chemicals, cleaners
- Is being energy efficient a priority?
- Does my business supply towels or linens that guest will use?
If you answered yes to any of these questions there’s a good chance you should move forward with a water test to see if you’re in a hard water area.
Unfortunately, many businesses owners do not realize that hard water is a immediate and long-term issue and neglect to take corrective measures until it is too late, which can be a costly mistake.
I Have Hard Water, What Next?
If you’ve already determined that you need a water softener but are not sure what you need, please see my recommendations here.
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