So I Have Hard Water – Now What?

by Roger on July 30, 2009

Although there are small water purification systems that you can put on your faucets to make your water taste better, like a Brita filter, these aren’t that helpful in a hard water situation since, as we’ve previously discussed, the majority of hard water damage occurs in pipes, faucets, and tubs. In order to rectify this hard water damage, you need to install a water softener. In order to select a water softener, it’s helpful to first understand how they work. Basically, the minerals that make water hard (usually calcium and magnesium) are ions. These minerals are usually removed through an ion exchange procedure. Water softeners are the devices that facilitate the ion exchange procedure, and they typically use sodium as the exchange ion.

So your first step will be to decide what type of water softener will best suit your needs. The vast majority of water softeners utilize sodium as the exchange ion, and are classified by the type of sodium used (either sodium, hydrogen, or potassium). However, many communities have rules prohibiting the use of the salt-based water softeners, and many others are sure to follow. The salt used in these systems is bad for the environment, and can actually cause homeowners more problems with their pipes and water-based appliances. In addition to the negative impact salt runoff has on the environment, it is also costly and difficult on industries like farming. Additionally, since sodium is corrosive, salt-based water softeners can corrode the heating coils on water heaters, resulting in the need for expensive replacements.

Fortunately, there is an environmentally-friendly alternative to the salt-based water softener. Saltfree water softeners provide all the benefits of soft water without the negative effects of salt-based softeners. People using traditional water softeners often complain that, while their hard water problem is solved, their water feels “slimy” or “too soft”. They can also notice salt spots on their glassware, not to mention the increased frequency of water heater replacement mentioned above. Saltless water softeners alleviate all of these issues.

Scalewatcher is the leading manufacturer of electronic water softeners. They sell properly sized salt-free water softeners that use a complex modulating frequency waveform that physically changes the shape and size of calcium crystals, allowing them to be flushed out of the system. This water softening system is environmentally friendly and completely safe for appliances, drinking, and pipes, since there are no hazardous chemicals being added to or expelled by the softening system! Trust experts when it comes to choosing the right water softener and the right size of softener for your home or application.

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