Choosing Between Water Softener Pellets or Crystals
When water has a high concentration of dissolved minerals, it is referred to as “hard water.” Your household, commercial building, and even your pool water softener uses salt in either a pelleted or crystal form to bind with the minerals and remove them from the water you use. Choosing between softener pellets or crystals may seem confusing at first, but it’s 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 can do more than affect the taste of your tap water, they can cause plumbing issues by building up scale inside your pipes and reduce the water flow to your systems, making your water pump, water heater, dishwasher, and furnace work harder. Hard water reduces the effectiveness of cleaning agents like soap and detergent products, resulting in stained or yellowing laundry, and stained sinks and dishes. It makes simple household cleaning challenging, it’s drying to your skin, and increases the amount of shampoo and conditioner you’ll need just to make your hair and body feel clean, and rinsing cleaning products to remove residue can be a chore with hard water.
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 recommend for households who 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 an empty space below where the salt has been used. This void results in water passing through the tank without being softened. 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 just have citric acid lightly sprayed on the outside of the pellets, ours has citric acid incorporated into the pellets themselves ensuring long lasting protection.