Can a Water Softener Help With Eczema?

Water softeners can provide a lot more than just softer water. You’ll notice smoother, clearer skin, less build-up around your showerheads and sinks, and even softer laundry. But a water softener can be good for your health too – especially for those who suffer from eczema.


It would make sense that water would moisturize your skin, but that’s not always how it works. Especially here in West Texas, the combination of hard water and dry air can leave your skin feeling itchy and dry after every shower.

However, soft water created by a water softener can have the opposite effect. Bathing in soft water can help heal itchy, rashy skin, even for those with eczema. Your skin will stay hydrated long after you leave the tub.


In most homes, the water coming from your shower or bath is the same as what comes from the faucet in your kitchen sink. If you wouldn’t consider drinking from the tap, do you think it’s a good idea to bathe in it?

Hard water is caused by minerals and other contaminants that infiltrate the water as it makes its way through your pipes. While it’s not necessarily harmful to bathe in, it isn’t ideal. The minerals in the water are what will leave you dry and itchy after a long soak, especially if you have irritable skin.


Water softeners treat the water to help reduce the effect of those excess minerals. By adding ions (salts) to your water, it literally becomes “softer” on your skin, faucets, and even clothing. In many cases, you can immediately feel the difference when your water has been treated by a water softener.


If someone in your household is suffering from eczema, or any skin condition, a water softener can offer some relief. The Bosworth Company offers a variety of water treatment products and can outfit your home with the one that’s right for you. Schedule an appointment online today, or by calling 432-570-5233, and start enjoying the benefits of soft water. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

R.O. and Water Softeners For Rent

Are you living with hard water and looking for solutions? Soap scum, stained sinks, buildup on faucets, stiff laundry, scaly skin… these are all results of hard water. It’s a common problem with most water systems. But there are solutions. Many of our posts discuss common solutions offered by The Bosworth Company like reverse osmosis (R.O.) and water softeners. We often recommend that these two solutions be used together to create the cleanest possible water for drinking, bathing, and cooking. We are proud to offer an additional option for families and businesses: these systems are available for purchase and for rent! This gives our customers the flexibility to pick the solution that best works for them.


We can’t do a post about R.O. and water softeners without explaining what they are, how they work, and the difference between the two.

Reverse Osmosis basically works as a filter. It takes the bad stuff (bacteria, mineral deposits, etc.) out. That includes things that make your water taste or smell bad, and leave stains around your kitchen and bathroom. R.O. systems are installed for a single faucet, which is usually under the kitchen sink.

By contrast, water softeners don’t filter, they add to your water. Softeners add ionized sodium that helps break down those chemicals, so they don’t cause the problems as if left untreated. Water softeners are usually added at your tank, so they provide the treated water to your entire home.


The Bosworth Company offers R.O. systems for rent for as low as $35/month, including maintenance! Water softeners can be rented for as low as $45/month, also with maintenance included! To make an appointment to see what works for you, schedule one online or call The Bosworth Company today at 432-570-5233. It’s Worth the Call. Always!

Water Softener vs Water Conditioner

At The Bosworth Company, we are constantly asked about solutions to hard water. Those mineral deposits in water from the tap are what cause buildup around your faucets and chalky film in your tub and sink. Recent posts have touched on reverse osmosis, or R.O., solutions, but today we’ll explore some other options. How exactly does a “water softener” work, and how is it different from a “water conditioner”? Let’s explore.


A water softener does just that. It scientifically uses a brine or salt solution to nullify the contaminants that make water hard, thus making it “soft.” In a sense, a water softener is “conditioning” the water. This process effectively purifies the water. This ensures that the water coming into your home is soft.

A water conditioner uses a similar process, but without the use of the ionized salt solution. This helps prevent the buildup of mineral deposits but doesn’t actually change the chemical makeup of the water, so it remains hard.

By contrast, reverse osmosis works by essentially filtering the water.


Hard water is more common in West Texas, for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s dry skin and hair, or just hard on your dishwasher, it’s a bothersome problem that can be fixed. You will notice the benefits of a water softener instantly when your water begins to taste better, and your laundry is cleaner and fresher.


The Bosworth Company recommends a combination of systems for the most effective solution of getting soft water into your home. Often, R.O. and water softeners working together can provide the cleanest water possible. We can help you decide what’s right for you. The Bosworth Company is an authorized dealer of WaterTech water softening systems. Make an appointment today by calling 432-570-5233 or scheduling one online. It’s Worth the Call. Always.

Cleaning Hard Water Stains

Hard water is a topic we’ve addressed several times in the past. This is because it’s a common problem in many homes, especially here in West Texas. When those stains show up, they can be difficult to clean if you don’t do it right. In today’s post, we’ll discuss the best ways to make sure hard water stains don’t damage your kitchen or bathrooms. 


Your secret weapon to cleaning hard water stains is vinegar. Mix vinegar with water and put it into a spray bottle. Plain white vinegar works great as a 50/50 mix with water. Do NOT use apple cider vinegar, or other types of vinegar.


The spot stain you’re wanting to clean could be on a counter-top, inside a sink or shower stall, in a bathtub, or even on glass. Regardless, you’ll want to spray the area with your vinegar solution. Important: Do NOT use the vinegar solution on wood!

Once you’ve dampened the area, it’s time to wipe it down. You can use a paper towel or a clean cloth towel. When you’re done, go back and wipe it down with a paper towel that’s been dampened with water only. This will help prevent residue from the vinegar from sticking to the surfaces you’re trying to clean.

It’s important that the area is thoroughly dried when you are done. If not, the water could evaporate, leaving more unwanted spots!


One of the biggest places where you’ll find hard water build-up is on faucets. The minerals that make the water “hard” can really stop up the spouts in your faucet. Soak the faucets (after removing them if necessary) in the vinegar solution. You may even need to use a brush to scrub away the stuck-on mineral deposits.


Vinegar works on toilet bowls too! Just pour in about a cup of pure vinegar, then use a toilet brush to scrub out stains. Flush the bowl when you’re finished to clean out the vinegar.


The Bosworth Company offers solutions for hard water, including water softeners and reverse osmosis systems. To see which one is right for you, give The Bosworth Company a call today at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. It’s Worth The Call. Always!

Handling Hard Water

West Texas is notorious for hard water. But what exactly does that mean? How can you spot it, and how can you fight it? We’ll investigate.


Scientifically, water is H2O. Two parts hydrogen, and one part oxygen. Water becomes “hard” when minerals or other sentiment is added to it while it makes its way from the ground, through the pipes, and into your home. This actually changes the chemical makeup of the water. Water with too many minerals can be damaging to your sinks, drains, and showers, as well as potentially harmful to drink.


Hard water is generally pretty easy to spot. Orange or red buildup around toilets, sinks, and showers is an indicator. Soap scum in the tub is another telltale sign. Additionally, showerheads and faucets with chalky buildup that can restrict water flow are due to an excess of minerals in the water. With all that buildup visible on the outside, imagine how much is staying in your pipes! Bathing in this kind of water can make your skin dry and itchy. Also, hard water potentially has a “rotten egg” smell. You can usually tell if water is hard just by tasting it. “Soft” water will taste more pure, while you will likely be able to taste the minerals in harder water.


Vinegar is a great solution to help with cleaning stains. A small amount of white vinegar and some scrubbing should get those stains out of your toilet and tub. However, if the water is arriving at your home already hard, you need a professional solution.


The Bosworth Company offers a variety of solutions to help fight hard water. Reverse Osmosis is a process that helps eliminate excess minerals from your water. Other water softening products are available as well. Call today, and we’ll test your water for hardness and suggest the perfect solution for you. Give The Bosworth Company a call at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. Worth the Call. Always.

5 Steps To Eliminate Calcium Buildup On Faucets 

As you are aware, our water supply is “hard” (meaning it’s heavy with minerals, including calcium). When the hot water that runs through your faucet cools, the minerals drop out of the water and collect on the faucet. How can you eliminate calcium buildup on faucets?

• water
• Ziploc
• rubber band
• gloves
• Magic Eraser (or sponge)

1. Before beginning, read the CLR bottle and make sure it’s compatible with your faucet material. We also recommend spot testing the CLR before beginning.

2. Put on gloves and fill your Ziploc with 1 part CLR, 1 part water.

3. Secure it on your faucet spout (shower head) with a rubber band and leave it for a few hours.

4. Rub the buildup off with a Magic Eraser (or similar sponge).

5. There you have it, just like new!

To prevent calcium buildup from hard water, you should definitely consider investing in a water softener.  At The Bosworth Company, we would be happy to help you find the one that’s right for your home. In addition to preventing calcium buildup, soft water means more cleaning power from household soaps, less cleaning, cleaner laundry, and a cleaner conscience. A water softener improves your home’s water efficiency by up to 40% and eliminates hardness. Contact the professionals at Bosworth for more information TODAY!

Water Softener Benefits

Tired of hard water? A water softener can make all the difference! Let us tell you more!

A water softener uses a process known as ionization to replace magnesium and calcium ions with sodium (salt) ions. This process is different from reverse osmosis, as a reverse osmosis system relies on a filter to physically remove contaminants and dissolved minerals from the water. Reverse osmosis filters water, and a water softener conditions water.

Benefits Include:

  • Bathing becomes more comfortable. You don’t have to worry about the feeling like you’re just not…clean. Softened water will remove the residue feel.
  • Fabrics will be more durable and feel nicer. The stiffness of clothing washed in hard water is one of the biggest complaints from consumers.
  • Your appliances will last longer! Ever noticed the ring of junk around your toilet or showerhead? That’s build-up from hard water. A water softener can remove many of the impurities from your water to prevent this. It also helps with dishwashers, clothes washers, and coffee makers.
  • With a water softener, soap will actually lather up nicely! For some reason, hard water prevents soap from bubbling up as nicely as it does for soft water.
  • Fewer spots and residue on your dishes and glassware means less time hand drying them!

Top Of The Line (Products & Service!)

We’d be happy to tell you more about our water softener services. At The Bosworth Company, we sell and install only top of the line products, including SoftMAX. The products are installed by one of our fully licensed water treatment specialists.

Below is our price to lease a water softener and/or an RO system:

Water Softener System – $35 per month

Reverse Osmosis System – $30 per month

RO and Water Softener – $55 per month

Salt delivery service for water softener is available. 
Give us a call for a FREE evaluation or estimate!