Facts About Hard Water and Water Softeners

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According to the Water Quality Association, hard water is when your water source has compounds of calcium, magnesium and certain other metal-based elements. To combat this, using a water softener can take care of the problem. There are a number of questions that come with water softening. The following facts will help to provide more information about the world of water softeners. Contact us to get more details about water softeners and accompanying products.

How do they work?

Water softeners typically work through the process of exchanging the hard ions in calcium and magnesium with a salt ion. Beads covered with these salt ions are present when the hard water flows through creating the exchange of the hard ions with the soft. This leaves the calcium and magnesium on the beads and consequently softening the water.

When To Not Use Soft Water

Softer water is not necessary in a variety of uses. When watering lawns, the use of soft water can make growing grass and other landscaping very difficult. Don’t waste the water softening system on this water usage.

What’s Wrong with Hard Water?

There are not any real health hazards that come from drinking hard water, but the problem exists with pipes and appliances. The buildup of these minerals will over time make them work far less efficiently. Depending on the hardness of your water source, treatments will vary.

Will a Water Softener Harm a Septic System?

There has been a lot of debate over this topic, but the most recent data suggests that the discharge from the water softening process will not cause any harm to the septic tank or leach field. Furthermore the discharge may actually be a help to soil percolation.

Bypass Softeners

Because the system is connected at the water entry to the home, there are ways to bypass the softener for certain lines. Most homes want to bypass the water softener for their outdoor use and drinking water.

These are just a few facts that we felt should be highlighted, contact us if you have any additional questions or would like to purchase Water Softeners.

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