Choosing Between Water Softener Pellets or Crystals
Hard water is when water has a high concentration of dissolved materials. Your household, commercial building, and even pool water softener uses salt in either pelleted or crystal form. This binds with the minerals and removes them from the water you use. Choosing between softener pellets or crystals is easy when you understand the application difference between these two products.
Why Care About Minerals in Tap Water
Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese in your water affect more than the taste of your tap water. They cause plumbing issues by building upscale inside your pipes. On top of that, it reduces the water flow to your systems. As a result, your water pump, heater, dishwasher, and furnace work harder. Hard water reduces the effectiveness of cleaning agents like soap and detergent products. As a result, laundry, sinks, dishes, and more show stains. It makes simple household cleaning challenging. It also drys your skin and increases the amount of soap you need.
Softener Crystals vs. Pellets
Our Water Softener Crystals are 99.6% solar produced sodium chloride. Solar evaporation is accomplished when brine, a salt and water mixture, from either ocean water or mining, is exposed to sun and wind to remove the water. This process results in coarse white crystals. Water Softener Crystals are recommended for households that have lower than average water consumption or for those who use a two-part water softening system. Plain salt crystals, when used in higher water usage, can cause bridging.
Bridging happens when a crust or layer of hardened salt forms at the top of a brine tank, leaving space below where the previous salt laid. The void results in passing along hard tank water. Water Softener Pellets can help reduce bridging, work better for moderate to high volume water users, and all-in-one tank system users. And our Water Softener Pellets have the addition of citric acid, a cleaning agent, to help protect your appliances, pipes, and other building systems from mineral buildup. Unlike other pelleted products that have citric acid lightly sprayed on the outside of the pellets, ours has citric acid incorporated into the pellets themselves, ensuring long-lasting protection.