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Choosing the Best Water Softener for Your Home

Written By: Delia Tallesen

Water softeners are made to extract minerals that make water hard. When rocks and minerals pass through the pipes, clogs form that are difficult to remove. Soap is not likely to work properly in hard water. Also, unsightly deposits could show up all over the porcelain bathroom surfaces. To improve the flow of water, people use softening agents to dissolve the minerals. There are certain factors to consider when choosing the best water softener for the home.

Water Usage

Water softener users should determine the average amount of water that they consume every day. Most households use dozens of gallons per day. They should calculate the right numbers based on the number of household members. It is important to select a softener than softens the right number of gallons each day.

People must know the average number of grains to clean out every day. An average of 10 grains for each gallon is recommended. The daily grain average should be multiplied by the daily gallon average. It is important to know these exact numbers to buy the right softening device.

Water Testing

First, people should test the hardness of the water using a kit. The test is designed to check for different types of minerals present, such as

  • iron
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • copper
  • zinc

It also measures the precise amounts of each mineral. The more substances found, the more softener that is needed for a thorough removal.

Ease of Cleaning

Any water softener must be easy to use and clean. The solubility is the degree to which the chemicals dissolve in the water. A rock salt softener is barely soluble, so cleaning out the pipes is required. For people who do not want to do cleanings, evaporated salt is made containing the soluble sodium chloride.

Convenience

Every water softener is made with a specific level of convenience. Two common types of softeners include
· automatic
· demand initiated regeneration

An automatic device includes a timer that works at specified times of the day or stops working once the softening is finished. A demand initiated regeneration softener works when there is a demand for softening. This type of device is ideal for people with water needs that vary throughout the day. 

Customer Reviews

Buyers of water softeners must look over the reviews of all the effective brands and models. They can compare and contrast the most favorite softeners and ignore the most hated ones. Some sites have domestic experts who perform thorough tests on products and write in-depth reports. The point of reviews is to make the best purchase without wasting too much money or time.

Softening the hardness of water is necessary to create a better cleansing experience. However, choosing the most efficient water softener is an experience itself. Not all devices work for all home appliances. People must determine their individual household needs before they buy. Without the right product, cleaning with hard water is difficult and almost impossible. Also, some hard water leaves deposits on sink and shower. The best water softener is chosen using a few clever tips.

Why You Need A Water Softener

Written By: Darius B

Water softeners are common in many households; so much so that some people have them without even knowing why. While the concept of hard and soft water seems confusing at first, the metaphor is actually quite simple.

Soft Water? What A Water Softener Really Does:

A water softener doesn’t make water softer so much a strips a chemical element out of it, calcium. While calcium makes bones strong, that same strength gets deposited in and around pipes, on appliances, and can even damage hair and skin when showering. This ability for water to crust over into a rock solid substance is the reason why water with calcium is consider “hard water.”

Water softeners use different methods and activators, usually salt filtration, to pull out the calcium and sometimes magnesium to provide water that won’t sediment and harden onto things, aka “soft water.” Here are some reasons to switch from hard water to something better for your skin, home, and stuff.

Save Your Skin And Drink Better Water!

The first benefit of switching to soft water is noticed after a shower. Calcium dries out hair and skin when water evaporates, leaving a very thin crust. Also, it attaches to hair follicles making them rigid and more likely to break or split.

While calcium isn’t harmful for people, it can however greatly affect the taste of water. You might be amazed at how perfect a cup of coffee is after it has the tea-spoon of calcium removed.

Saving Your Appliances And Clothes:

It was a tragedy when you had to throw out your favorite tea pot or set of plates because over the years, they gained a nice thick layer of calcium after being put through the wash or under the tap so many times. Not only do you never have to worry about that again, but your clothes and washing machine will also be grateful for your switch.

Clothes degrade much faster when exposed to calcium because they can’t bend the way human skin can. People who use a lot of hard water on their clothes will notice them getting itchier and stiffer as time goes on.

Calcium can even clog up washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators causing them to slow down and eventually breaking the internal tubing.

Saving Your Fixtures And Pipes:

Much like an artery clogging from a bad diet, pipes can be be lined with sediment to the point that they need to be replaced. By adding a water softener it vastly expands the lifespan of a home’s plumbing system.

Have you ever been to a house, or noticed in your own home, the fixtures get crusted over with a hard substance. That’s our enemy calcium again.

While there are choking and caustic cleaning agents that can remove calcium, it is nice to stop it at the source by preventing the calcium from accumulating in the first place.

Reasons To Not Use A Water Softener:

Really the only reason to not have one is if a budget or existing plumbing system won’t allow it. While some places are in desperate need of a water softener due to high levels of natural calcium, others can choose to have it just to have an optimal showering or cooking experience. Easy to maintain with a wealth of benefits, every home should have a water softener.

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