How do water softeners work? If you are asking this question you probably have a hard water problem … not surprising. Around 85% of all homes and businesses in the United States are affected by hard water.
Hard water occurs when too many minerals, especially calcium and magnesium, are picked up by water as it runs over rocks and through the ground on the way to your home. Hard water can cause a lot of problems once it gets to you:
- Laundry feels rough and scratchy and looks dingy
- Clothes can wear out 40% faster if washed in hard water
- Soap and detergent don’t work as effectively
- Soap film is left on skin
- Skin problems can occur
- Hair looks lifeless and dull
- Causes spots on your dishes
- Causes a white film on your dishes
- Scale will clog your pipes and appliances
- Flow of water can be decreased
- Appliances won’t last as long
- Scale in pipes causes significant increase in energy billsMore money will be spent on detergents, soaps, etc.
Most folks with a hard water problem want to find a way to eliminate it. Often, they look to water softeners for a solution … but, how do water softeners work? What options are available? Are water softeners safe?
There are several different kinds of water softeners. The whole house water softener is the most common. It is also the most expensive costing form $3000-$10,000 and requiring professional installation.
In addition to the high cost of purchasing a water softener, there is also the time and expense of constantly replenishing the chemicals and performing maintenance on the unit.
How Do Water Softeners Work?
Basically it filters the water coming into your home to remove the chemicals that make your water hard. The minerals are replaced with large amounts of sodium (or potassium in some cases).
The mineral tank of water softener unit will be plumbed into your existing water pipes. The secondary tank is often called the brine tank. It is filled with water and salt. The water moves through the salt and here the minerals are replaced with sodium. This water then flows into your home.
In addition to the “how do water softeners work” question, you need to understand that just as drinking hard water can be unhealthy, drinking soft water can be dangerous.
Instead of having hard water you now have soft salt water. This type of water can cause problems. If anyone who will be using your water is on a salt restricted diet it could cause serious damage to them. Salt is bad for your lawn and gardens. Salt will dry your skin and hair. Salt water tastes bad when you drink it or cook with it.
Now that you know the answer to your “how do water softeners work” question you are probably wondering if there is an alternative to the high cost, high maintenance, whole house system.
Aqua Magnets magnetic water conditioning system is the best choice for eliminating your hard water problems.
Aqua Magnets are easy to install. No professional help will be needed. No maintenance or electricity will be required. Simply attach the water conditioning unit to your incoming water pipe and watch how your water changes.
This is an eco-friendly unit. Aqua Magnets do not use salt or other chemicals.
Aqua Magnets reverse the buildup of scale caused by hard water and change the composition of the minerals into a form that is usable by your family, pets, and lawn. And the best part is that they are totally risk-free and come with a money-back guarantee.
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