A water softener is an essential tool for the Californian home. In many cases, it may even make your water drinkable. If you have “hard” water, that means there are many calcium and magnesium ions in it. There are varying levels of “hard” water depending on where you live.
A water softener reduces the hardness of your water by removing the calcium and magnesium ions. There are no health risks associated with hard water. However, if your water is too hard, it may be hard to drink. Also, the excess minerals in “hard” water can be deposited in your water pipes or heating systems. This buildup can cause a variety of problems and even reduce the lifespan of the pipes. Anyone can use a water softener. All water has some mineral deposits. Therefore, a water softener can help, no matter where you live. You could also have a water test done to determine the exact hardness of your water.
Other reasons you may want to invest in a water softener are as follows.
When choosing a water softener, there are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Make sure you know how large of a water softener you need.
Water softeners come in different sizes. The size you need will depend on your water usage. It is called grain capacity. The more water you use, the higher grain capacity you will need. Small to medium water softeners usually have a 20,000-grain capacity or less. The large water softeners will have 30,000 or more grain capacity.
2. Choose the right type.
There are a few different types of water softeners to choose from. There are ion-exchange water softeners, dual-tank water softeners, and salt-free water softeners.
Ion exchange water softeners use salt to exchange the minerals ions with the sodium ions. You will need to occasionally add water softener salt when you use an ion exchange water softener. They also add sodium to your water.
Dual-tank water softeners use the ion exchange method. They just have two tanks. This ensures that there is always soft water available. You will pay more for a dual-tank water softener.
Finally, the salt-free water softeners do not use salt. They can have one tank or two. Instead of salt, they use potassium-chloride. This is a more expensive option overall, but better for people watching their salt intake.
Water is essential for living and soft water is a lot better than hard water. Make sure your water softener is installed correctly by using the experts at Russell’s. Contact us today about your water softener needs.