Hard water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with "soft water"). Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone, chalk or gypsum which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates and sulfates.
How can I measure the hardness of my water?
Water hardness can be easily measured using a simple soap test kit that will measure in "grains of hardness" (a little bottle with a line marked on it which you fill to the line with water, add a drop of soap, and shake to look for suds. More drops of soap - more degrees of hardness).
What is water softening?
Water softening is the removal of calcium, magnesium, and certain other metal cations in hard water. ... Water softening is usually achieved using lime softening or ion-exchange resins but is increasingly being accomplished using nanofiltration or reverse osmosis membranes.
What is a water softener?
A Water Softener is a filtration system that works to remove high concentrations of calcium and magnesium that cause hard water. When water flows through a Water Softener, the system filters out these hard water minerals and the softened water then leaves the water softening system to flow through plumbing.
Why do I need a water softener?
Water softening systems will help to increase the lifespan of your plumbing and your clothes, as well as reducing your budget. Basically, water softeners take out extra calcium and magnesium ions using an exchange with sodium or potassium ions
What does a water softener do?
Water softening is a technique that serves the removal of the ions that cause the water to be hard, in most cases calcium and magnesium ions. Iron ions may also be removed during softening. The best way to soften water is to use a water softener unit and connect it directly to the water supply.
How long does a water softener last?
Just like any other appliance, a water softener will only last for so long. Eventually, components break, electrical problems occur, and it just stops working. While they can last much longer if well maintained, water softeners have a typical lifespan of between 10 and 15 years
How does having a water softener help me?
Water softeners soften the water by removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium and replacing them with a softer mineral - sodium or potassium. Soft water can also make your hair and skin look and feel healthier because hard water can dry them out.
How long does a water softener installation take?
If it's simply a replacement water softener installation, this can be completed in about an hour. Additionally, you won't have to pay a premium for installation-depending on where you live and the complexity of the installation.
How often should I service my water softener?
Like any appliance, your softener has moving parts and o-rings that wear out with time, and need replacement. Your softener's valve may also need servicing or maintenance. When you install a softener, you invest financially to have great water and you want to protect your investment by maintaining it properly. Proper maintenance will enable you to enjoy the benefits of soft water for years to come. Remember, a softener saves you money by reducing detergent and soap usage, as well as protecting water-using appliances in your home like your hot water heater, dishwasher and washing machine. A professional can keep your system in top shape which will help extend the life of your water conditioner.
Can I use a water softener if I have a septic tank?
The answer is yes and no. Over the years there have been many studies by different groups that come to different conclusions. The water softener manufacturing groups say that the water softeners have no effect on septic systems. The septic system industry says that water softeners are bad.
If I move, can I take my water softener with me?
It is possible to take your water treatment equipment when you move, so the choice is yours. ... Purchasing a good water treatment system can be a bit more involved than purchasing other appliances. Done properly, the water quality should be accurately measured and the water treatment equipment accurately sized.
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