Water softeners eliminate problems with hard water. Hard water causes issues such as soap scum build-up, decreasing the life of water-using appliances such as washing machines, coffee makers, hot water tanks and more. Hard water is caused by excess minerals in water. The only known technology to remove these excess minerals is a traditonal salt-based softener. Not sure if you are a traditional water softener person or someone who should opt for an alternative technology to curb the effects of hard water? Read this article to learn more.