A Complete Guide for Buying a Hard Water Softener
By Deepak Mishra
Most homes in the U.S have a hard water problem. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey says over 85% of homes in the country need a hard water softener. While hard water is safe for humans, it causes costly damage to piping and water appliances. This type of water is rich in minerals that can’t be dissolved and you will find spots on everything you wash or clean using hard water from your pipes. This is the reason you should look at water softening technologies available in the market.
Access to safe water has always been a big issue in society. While water makes a large percentage of planet Earth’s mass, only a very small percentage of this water is ideal for human use. Many households in the U.S are privileged to have piped water but then again, the problem of hard water negates any benefits associated with the same.
The Effects of Hard Water in Homes
For most homeowners, the water flowing through the tap is good enough and they are not wrong. However, there is a lot of damage caused by hard water and for this reason; you should invest in a water treatment system. Hard water while not harmful contains insoluble minerals that end up being deposited on the piping walls. This is what is referred to as scaling and it is one of the major causes of pipe damage both in residential and commercial properties. Using a hard water softener averts such damage.
Scaling also leads to reduction of water flow to taps while in water heaters, the system is rendered inefficient due to slow flow of water. Hard water also affects your water and other home appliances. Those ugly spots you notice on your utensils are caused by hard water.
Types of Water Softeners to Use
There are many types of water softening systems you can use. The most common today are salt-based systems that work through ion exchange. The most prevalent softener salt systems substitute sodium for hard minerals such as magnesium and calcium. There are also non-salt systems including de-scalers and reverse osmosis (RO) systems among others.
When shopping for a water softener, remember to look for certified products preferably by NSF International. This guarantees that the water softener is safe. You should also consider the water needs in your home in order to buy the right size.
It is also important to actually get an explanation about the system being used in water softening. This is where a reputable brand comes in handy because they invest in the best customer support to answer any queries concerning water softening using their systems. If a company promises water softening solutions without taking time to explain how its products achieve this, don’t buy from them.
WE ALREADY HAVE A WATER SOFTENER. CAN MAGNETIZER HELP?
Definitely. When the surface tension is reduced, anything added to the magnetized fluid will dissolve and mix more readily. In terms of a water softener, the magnetized feed water actually increases the efficiency of the softener by increasing the net ion charge and thereby creating a better chemical reaction in the normal ion-exchange. By increasing the efficiency, the system requires less salt to do the same job. Installations have reduced salt consumption by 50% and more. In most cases you do not need a softener. One of our distributors had softeners removed in a hotel’s coffee expresso machines, putting in their stead the Magnetizer® “RWE-S” systems. Clients subsequently commented to Management that they serve … the best coffee in town.