Go Back
Which type of water softener to install

How To Find the Ideal Water Softener 

While tap water is overall safe to drink in the U.S., there are still some minerals in tap water that are best to leave out of the body, and this is easily accomplished with water softeners. In this article, plumbing experts explain how some of the most popular water softeners work and how homeowners can find their ideal unit.

The Perks of Water Softeners

blue puzzle

Water softeners primarily remove two key minerals from tap water: calcium and magnesium. While these two minerals seem harmless on the surface, they can cause problems for both the plumbing system and homeowner health. Calcium and magnesium in water create hard water because the minerals can attach and build up into a mineral deposit. This is very bad for drains and can cause clogs in the plumbing system as well as stains on dishes and tubs.

A water softener works by “softening” the minerals in the water through a filtration process. This stops minerals from latching onto pipes, skin, fixtures, and dishes, leaving homeowners with a reliably clean source of water. 

Explaining Salt-Based Water Softeners

trowing salt into a water softer

In a salt-based water softener system, the hard water is passed through a membrane called a polymer resin bed. This membrane removes the calcium and magnesium from the water and exchanges it with sodium or salt. 

The system also has a cleaning cycle that disposes of the calcium and magnesium particles through a drain line while simultaneously replenishing the salt content. This method results in a calcium and magnesium-free water source that is kind to homeowners and their household items and kitchenware.

Explaining Salt-Free Water Softeners

red letters

While water softeners are supposed to take magnesium and calcium out of the water, salt-free softeners work a little bit differently. Salt-free water softeners use a process called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC). Instead of removing the minerals from the water, the TAC system binds the minerals so they are unable to bind to anything else. Homeowners may occasionally still see mineral deposits, but they won’t stick to anything or cause any plumbing problems.

The type of system they decide to get is based on what their personal needs are. A salt-based water softener system requires more maintenance and buying salt, but it completely eliminates the minerals, so there won’t be any deposits. A salt-free water softener system requires less maintenance and will protect plumbing, but deposits might still come out, and there are none of the shower benefits. 

For more help, it’s always recommended to contact a local plumbing company!

About Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing

For over 40 years, Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing have been honing their craft to provide top quality service to the citizens of Sparks. With a strong focus on family, they aim to make all customers feel right at home with their technicians. Call today to schedule an appointment. 

Call Now Button