Water Softener Systems: Soft Water Benefits

Water softener systems or conditioners are units that softens water by removing minerals that cause the water to be hard. When water contains a high level of calcium and magnesium it is called hard water. Hard water creates several problems throughout your home that you probably have noticed. Hard water is a common reason for clogged pipes, complicating soap and detergent dissolving in your water, and leaving behind water spots.

Hard water creates a scale buildup inside your pipes and water using appliances dropping the efficiency of your water heater. In turn more energy gets used to heat your water which results in increased energy expenses. Soap is also inefficient in hard water because it reacts to form the magnesium or calcium of the organic acid of the soap.

Skin cleaned in hard water is usually reported as feeling itchy and dry as a result of the soap scum. Hair washed in hard water is noted as feeling dull and sticky. Some people may experience a few of these hard water results and some others may be accustomed to the feeling of their bedding, clothes, skin and hair after washing.

WHY USE A WATER SOFTENER SYSTEM

It is mostly important to protect your home with water softener systems to extend the lifespan of home appliances and pipes from clogging and scale buildup.

Hard water is sometimes treated with a water conditioner to reduce the downside of hard water. Water softeners are specific ion exchanges that are created to remove ions that are positively charged. Anti-scale systems convert calcium ions into calcium crystals which are stable and can’t attach to surfaces, pipes, hardware or other fixtures.

The crystals are so small they are swiftly rinsed away by the flow of the water. They are harmless, heat resistant, neutral and completely stable and won’t attach to any surfaces such as your pipes and heaters to cause lime deposits.

 

Water treated with a water conditioner vs. untreated hard water has multiple benefits:

  • Laundry Cleaner and shinier silverware, mirrors, cars, glassware, tiles, or any plumbing fixtures.
  • Softer skin and smooth, clean hair.
  • Reduced soap curd reduces housework and makes cleaning easier.
  • Uses less shampoo and soap because of the rich lather softened water and soap produces.
  • Softer clothes without hard minerals lodged in the fabric. Your fabric will last longer and whites stay whiter without the dingy gray caused by hard water.
  • Preserves the life of your water appliances such as ice makers, coffee machines, water heaters, dishwashers and laundry equipment.
  • Save money on annual energy costs and damages to appliances.
  • Benefits of traditional Salt-Based Softeners Vs. Salt-Free conditioners

There are two different types of water softener systems or water conditioners, a salt-based water softener and a salt-free water softener. Salt based water softeners offers you more of the “slick” feeling in the bath or shower and you will notice the soap creating a lot of bubbles. Other benefits you will notice include brighter colors in your clothes, softer skin and reduced scale build-up on your showers.

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Salt-free systems will also reduce scale buildup and provide softer skin and brighter clothes using a healthier method.

The biggest benefit with salt-free systems is the ability to create soft water without having to add sodium into your water. This is a more environmentally friendly and heart healthy system. Traditional salt-based systems add salt to your water which can have a negative effect on people with heart disease and high blood pressure.

Some cities are beginning to ban salt-based softeners because of the high sodium content in the waste water. Salt-free systems are maintenance free and use zero waste water, no salt and no electricity or chemicals. When compared to salt-based systems, salt-free systems are very low maintenance because the media can last up to half a decade without replacing. Salt-based systems require the salt to be replenished monthly. 

Salt-based systems are heavy duty systems that do an amazing job removing hardness in water. They come with several maintenance and health concerns, so it is usually recommended to homeowners with very high hardness levels. Salt-less systems are 100% salt-free and provide safe water to families with children and the elderly. Enjoy peace of mind with salt-free softened water without the issues of chemicals, sodium, wastewater and higher electricity bills. 

 

The Brains

Most popular water softeners come with an automatic regenerating system. The simplest type has an electric timer that recharges and flushes the system on a regular schedule. During recharging, soft water is not available.

Another type of control uses a computer that watches how much water is used. When enough water has gone through the mineral tank to have depleted the beads of sodium, the computer activates regeneration. These softeners usually have reserve resin capacity, so that a portion of soft water will be available during recharging.

Another type of control utilizes a mechanical water meter to measure water consumption and initiate recharging. The advantage of this particular system is that electrical components are not required, and the mineral tank is only recharged when necessary. Softened water is always available when it is equipped with two mineral tanks, even when the unit is recharging.

Judging Water Hardness

We offer test kits that help you determine the hardness of your water.

Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon (GPG) or milligrams per liter (mg/l, equivalent to parts per million, or ppm). Water up to 1 GPG (or 17.1 mg/l) is considered soft, and water from 60 to 120 GPG is considered moderately hard. A water softener’s effectiveness depends on how hard the incoming water is. Water over 100 GPG may not be completely softened.

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