What Is Water Conditioning?

Water conditioning is the modification or change to characteristics of water or the environment of the water for a given purpose. This is almost always an effort to improve the health, taste and function of the water — except for certain industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

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Water conditioning is not a predefined process. There are many different approaches and techniques for changing the characteristics of water. The most popular method of water conditioning is salt water softening.

How is Water Conditioning Different from Water Softening?

Water softening is technically a subcategory of water conditioning, as it is a process of conditioning water. However, many generalize “water conditioning” as any process of conditioning that does not involve salt (or other additives).

Most people are familiar with water softening using salt. This is the process of replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions. Through this process of replacement, the overall concentration of calcium, magnesium and other ions in the water is reduced.

This change in the structure of the water produces the desired effects of “softening” the water. Or in other words, the water is less prone to building scale and cause problems with home appliances or industrial equipment, but there are many disadvantages:

  • Water is contaminated for drinking purposes and cannot be used in kitchens as that water is necessary for food preparation and consumption. Water from bathroom or other faucets is also undrinkable due to the high sodium content of the softened water.
  • The is a continual need to re-supply salt for the softening process. Most systems require replenishment 4 – 6 times per year and can cause a significant burden on those who do not have the health or capacity to haul heavy bags of salt through the home and sometimes down stairs.
  • Healthy minerals, which are an essential element to the regeneration of the body are removed and replaced with sodium . . . something most American diets already contains to excess.

Aqua Magnets water conditioning, however, takes a different approach. Through Aqua Magnets water conditioning, the characteristics of the water are changed without adding salts or chemicals. This process has a variety of benefits:

  • Water is healthy to drink from any source in the house.
  • No need to continually resupply salt for the softening process. Aqua Magnets are maintenance free.
  • Healthy minerals are left in the water.

How Do I Tell If I Need Water Conditioning?

The most obvious signs of hard water in your home can be found by inspecting your windows, dishes and faucets.

  • Windows develop a hazy white film that is almost impossible to remove without chemicals.
  • Dishes become discolored as, over time, the buildup of hard water slowly develops on the surface; masking the original design or color of the dishes. You may also see white flakes on your dishes after removing them from the dishwasher.
  • Shower heads and faucets are easy to identify as hard water buildup often looks like mold is growing on the end around the exit point of the water.

There are other signs that you need water conditioning which are more difficult to identify due to the gradual nature of the change. As well because you may have moved into a residence or house that already is affected by these problems:

  • Decreased water flow indicates hard water (scale) buildup in your plumbing.
  • Dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaning products are less effective.
  • Water heater is less efficient and has to work harder to maintain the same temperature of water versus a water heater that is heating conditioned water.

Aqua Magnets water conditioning systems will decrease operating costs, decrease equipment replacement costs, and make your water more healthy. Try Aqua Magnets water conditioning today.

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