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A Complete Guide on How to Soften the Water in a House

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 09 October 2019 03:02

If there is hard water in a home, you may want to soften it. Click here for a helpful guide on how to soften the water in a house.

Having hard water in the home can be bad for a number of reasons. Detergent is less effective, your fixtures can get stained, pipes can corrode, and the taste is unpleasant. 

Taking precautions to soften the water in your home is necessary if you want to avoid excess plumbing costs. It's also crucial if you plan to drink tap water. 

We're going to talk about the basics of water softeners in this article, giving you the knowledge you need to move forward with installations in order to avoid all of the problems that come with hard tap water.

How to Soften the Water in Your Home

When we say "soften the water," we mean removing the hard minerals from your water. Typically, this entails the removal of calcium, magnesium, and iron. 

In order to soften your home's water, you simply need to install a water softener. There's a variety of products on the market, though, so you have to think carefully about your purchase. Additionally, you may need to install and maintain the system yourself. 

We'll start by talking about the different water-softening systems on the market.

Choosing a Softener

There are four traditional water softeners on the market; reverse osmosis systems, salt-based systems, salt-free systems, and magnetic systems. We'll talk about each one briefly. Once you pick a method, we recommend looking over water softener reviews to find a product that will work for your home.

Reverse osmosis systems work by pushing water through an extremely fine filter which sifts out the vast majority of impurities in the water. One downside to reverse osmosis is that all minerals are sifted out, even if they're beneficial to the quality of your water.

Magnetic water softeners are still kind of in the embryonic stage. They work by moving water through a magnetic field intended to break up or deactivate the minerals in hard water. The results are mixed, and the jury is still out as to how effective this method is.

Salt-based methods are the most common and respected method of softening water. These are those large containers of what looks like salt beads you commonly find in basements. 

Water is passed through sodium ion-charged beads. As it passes, the magnesium and calcium ions are swapped with the sodium ions in the beads and the water is made soft.

Salt-free methods essentially work to crystallize the minerals in your water so that they can't stick to any surfaces like pipes, drains, dishes, and more. This won't necessarily benefit the taste, but it will prevent severe damage to your home.

Installation and Maintenance

Each of the softening methods above will require different equipment. Salt-based, salt-free, and reverse osmosis systems may be too difficult to install on your own if you don't normally do home improvement projects. 

Magnetic systems are extremely easy to install, so you won't need any help if you take this approach. As far as maintenance goes for salt-based systems, you should be sure to know the kind of salt beads you need and check the levels once a month.

Reverse osmosis systems require you to check on, and potentially change the filters every month or so as well. 

Doing Some Home Improvement?

Whether you're trying to soften the water in your home or replace an old wall, you're going to need a little help with the fine details. 

Explore our site to learn more about how to maintain and improve your home.

Listing Additional Info

  • State: Ohio
  • Address: 3569 Andell Road
  • City: Columbus
  • Zipcode: 43212
  • SOLD: no
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Knorr Kendra is a senior editor at the A long-time columnist, her work has looked in the thebaynet, medium and many other publications. She would like to write related to health, real state, and other general topics.

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