Water is the world’s most sensational solvent. To that point, its ability to dissolve rock and sediment has created some of the world’s most stunning sights, like the Grand Canyon. Not a bad body of work. However, when rock and limestone dissolve into freshwater, it results in high concentrations of calcium and magnesium in the water, or “hard water.” As hard water evaporates, the concentration of minerals grows and results in water that forms scale buildup (a.k.a. saturation.)
So the question at hand is, “How much mineral content in your water is officially ‘too much’?” After all, low amounts of magnesium and calcium can actually supplement a healthy diet. But once your water is leaving scale deposits in its wake, chances are your water is too hard, and could benefit from being treated by a water softening solution.
DISADVANTAGES OF HARD WATER
Hard water can hit your home hard.
Your pipes can become encrusted and blocked due to calcification. You could potentially experience a clogged showerhead. Or lukewarm water. Or slow drainage. Or poor water pressure. Then there’s the matter of how scale build up can harm appliances. Scale buildup can clog your dishwasher, water heater, fridge, etc. or cause damage that could result in costly repairs.
Using hard water can also cause dingy, faded laundry and spots on your dishes right out of the dishwasher. Showering in it can make your skin itchy and your hair flaky. Residue can form in your toilets sinks, and tubs. Detergents could be disrupted by soap scum, and…well…you get the idea. Soft water the better way to go. By far.
So let’s talk water softeners, shall we?
FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT IS A WATER SOFTENER?
A water softener is a work of water wonder. In general, its duty is to limit scale buildup and reduce the overall mineral content in your home’s water by exchanging or negating ions of common minerals. In doing so, the best water softeners (humility aside, those would be ours) allow your home to have clearer, more refreshing, and high quality water throughout your home.
SALT-BASED WATER SOFTENERS
Salt-based water softeners swap calcium and magnesium ions from the affected hard water by replacing these ions with sodium ions from the salt in the system. Within the resin tank of salt-based water softeners, an ion exchange occurs. This exchange reduces the mineral count while increasing the overall salt content of the water.
A byproduct of the ion-exchange process causes the hardness minerals to collect in the conditioning tank of the unit, which requires the system to regularly backwash and flush the hardness minerals down the wastewater drain. The salt within the system must be replaced at regular intervals.
BENEFITS OF SALT-BASED WATER SOFTENERS
The reasons some homeowners choose a salt-based water softener are pretty sweet:
They effectively reduce hardness mineral ions from your home’s water.
They save you money on appliance repair, plumbing repair, and detergent that is rendered less effective by hard water.
It is worth noting that our Water Softeners come standard with high capacity resin tanks and an easy-to-program electronic metered head. Furthermore, they only backwash when needed, so they use as little water as possible in the cleaning process.