Water Softeners and Water Conditioners
Are you tired of dealing with hard water problems? Consider using a water softener or water conditioner to treat hard water. Hard water can harm your skin and hair, ruin your plumbing, and make it harder to keep your house clean.
Water softeners reduce or completely eliminate the dissolved calcium, magnesium, and other hard minerals that make up “hard water.” The hard minerals will typically get into your water because groundwater dissolves rocks like limestone or other metals like iron.
Test Your Water
According to a recent U.S. Geological Survey, over 80 percent of American households get hard water. To determine whether you have hard water in your home, take a water sample to a water-testing lab. This will cost anywhere between $60 and $100 depending on where you live. You will receive a full report with a list of the substances in your water, including nitrates, sodium, chlorine, and dangerous bacteria.
Use a Water Softener
Water softeners come in different sizes and styles, so you will want to choose one that suits your needs. The softener will be installed in the basement, utility closet, garage, or any other place where water enters into your house. Although water softeners will remove most hard minerals, water may still contain some traces of salt. According to Verywell health, an 8-ounce glass of water may contain salt levels similar to a slice of bread, which might be too much if you’re on a sodium-free diet.
Use a Water Conditioner
Water conditioners, unlike water softeners, typically treat hard water without salt. There are many types of water conditioners on the market today. Determining which system offers the most effective solution for your homes requires weighing the desired effectiveness—water softeners and water conditioners vary greatly in operation and effectiveness.
As mentioned, water conditioners don’t use salt to soften water, so they prevent scale formation without chemicals or back-flushing. Additionally, they doesn’t require electricity.
Talk to a Professional
Now that you know the difference between a water softener and a water conditioner, you can determine the best system for your unique needs. Contact Godby today to schedule a home quality water demo. We will help you identify the best water system that can supply your home with clean and tasty water.