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Water Softening System Myths

by Lydia Herrera

Water quality improvements can be instrumental in increasing the quality of life for you and your family. However, the types of upgrades that can be made to improve a home's water quality will often be a topic that a homeowner may have a bit of incorrect information about.

Myth: A Softener Is Only Needed When There Is Sediment In The Water

Sediment in your home's water supply can be an unnerving problem to face as it can visibly lower the quality of the water while also reducing its taste. Furthermore, this can lead to significant plumbing obstructions due to these materials collecting in the pipes and plumbing appliances. Unfortunately, water softeners are not primarily designed to remove large particulate matter, and you will want a separate filtration system to remove these substances from your home's water.

Myth: All Water Softening Systems Will Use Salt To Eliminate Impurities

Salt-based water softening systems are extremely common. This is largely due to their ability to remove a wide range of impurities. However, not every water softening system will utilize salt as its base, For example, it is also possible for water softening systems to utilize electricity to remove these impurities. While this can be a lower maintenance option due to the lack of needing to refill the salt reservoir, these systems are generally weaker than a salt-based option. As a result, it may only be suitable for a home that has relatively mild water quality issues. There are water tests that you can do to help you determine whether an electric-based softening system will be able to address your water quality issues.

Myth: Adding A Softener System Will Be Easy To Do On Your Own

The installation process for a water softener system will be far more complicated than a homeowner may assume. For example, the process of turning off the water supply so that the softener system can be installed may require specialized tools that a homeowner may not have. Additionally, the water softener will have to be properly calibrated to the water pressure. Otherwise, it will not be able to effectively filter out the impurities in the water before it has completely passed through the system. Working with a contractor that has experience with water softener installations can be a necessary step for keeping this project as manageable as possible. It can also avoid potentially causing expensive damage to the home by rupturing pipes or creating large leaks.

For more information, contact a water softener installation service.