Water softeners what are they, when to use, what are their advantages and disadvantages?
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If you have hard water it is because you have a high mineral content especially calcium and magnesium. When you shower it is difficult to get the soap or shampoo to lather up.
The minerals leave a film of sediment on hair and leaves your skin dry and scaly and lets not forget about the bathtub, laundry and dishes.
You should never drink hard water all those inorganic minerals will build up in the body and joints causing an unending list of health challenges see distilled water
A water softeners system is not a filter; it reduces the calcium, magnesium and some minerals through a process of iron exchange by adding salt to the water. When you shower the water will feel soft on the skin and soap and shampoo lather easily, your hair and skin will feel much better along with your clothes and dishes.
When you boil water you will not have a lot of scale at the bottom of the pot and there will be less scale build up in your pipes, bathtub and water heater.
A water softeners system requires a plumber to install at the water inlet to your house, some softeners require an electrical outlet, and others work from water pressure itself. The only maintenance required is adding salt to the salt container and the system does everything else.
Bags of salt to recharge the softener are inexpensive and readily available at hardware stores and do it yourself centers. There are usually two tanks, water flows through one tank and after a pre-determined number of gallons it switches to the other tank.
The first tank is then back flushed to clean the membranes inside the tank, this can be a very noisy operation. It is best not to mount the softener in a location that will disturb you when it is in the back flush operation.
A water softeners system has a waste water line that is hooked up to the sewer system, the waste water is a high concentration of salty brine and cannot be used for anything else.
Some cities have restricted the use of softener systems due to high volumes of briny waste.
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