Water Softener Secrets Revealed


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Secrets Revealed

Water Softener Secrets Revealed

  • Do you need one?
  • Are they doing more damage than good?
  • Do you have to lug bags of salt around forever?
  • Are there finally any better alternatives?

Most of us think about the quality and healthiness of our home’s water, but rarely do we think about water quality in terms of our home’s well-being. Hard water, water rich in minerals, can pose long-term risks to your home appliances and plumbing. It can take years off your dishwasher and water heater.

There are several methods of hard water treatment with varying degrees of success, varying price points, but predictable consequences. However, there are some innovative solutions to hard water without the negative effects of traditional water softeners.

What do you mean by hard water?

Corroded pipe softenerHard water is water that’s rich in minerals, though the two minerals we’re mostly concerned about are calcium and magnesium. When these minerals are heated, like in your water heater, they’re deposited on the surfaces of pipes and appliances. As those deposits build up, they form what’s called lime scale. You’ll notice it coating the inside of your bathtub as well as your dishes. Of greater concern, scale can clog up pipes, reduce hot water heater performance and significantly increase your energy bills. The damage and costs of untreated hard water can be enormous.

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There are smarter alternatives today which make salt-based water softeners obsolete. One of the most interesting breakthroughs is the Smart Descaler from WaveHome Solutions. This smart electronic device, simply clamps onto your water intake pipe and treats hard water electronically to prevent lime scale damage. It’s easy to install, requires notplumbing, uses almost no energy and replaces a whole room full of water softener equipment and salt bags. And since there is no salt, there is no damage to the environment or septic system. Even better, it much more affordable than a salt based system. For more information click here or fill out the form.

How do softeners work?

Needless-to-say hard water and scaling need to be treated to protect the investment you’ve put into your home as well as your general sense of comfort. That’s why many people use water softeners. Water softeners are an effective hard water treatment for removing minerals from water. You soften water with the help of salt and a tank of polystyrene beads. The beads are negatively charged which attracts the positively charged sodium. As water passes over the beads, the magnesium and calcium displace the sodium. Instead of those minerals getting left behind on your pipes and forming scum in your soap, they stay in the water softener tank, clinging to those polystyrene beads.

The downside to softeners?

Pouring salt into a brine tankBut water softeners have a number of down sides. First a lot of maintenance is required. To regenerate the beads so that they can continue to remove the hard water minerals, heavy bags of salt must be dumped into a brine tank. This brine solution will backwash the softener on a regular basis, regenerating the beads. Back washing will drive up electric bills. In addition, your water softener won’t discriminate against what minerals it takes. So you could lose out on some necessary nutrition. Because salts are used with water softeners, some people don’t like the taste. Finally, water softeners produce a highly concentrated salt waste from the backwashing. This waste, if not treated properly, can damage the environment and damage septic systems which are very costly to repair or replace. That is why some states and counties have banned the use of salt-based water softeners. Water softeners are also expensive operate. Back washing will drive electric bills up and who wants to lug heavy bags of salt around on a regular basis.

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