Most homes in Washington, PA have hard water. The high calcium and magnesium levels in hard water leave unsightly stains, reduce the effectiveness of detergents and cause buildup in pipes and fixtures. Water softener systems remove the calcium and magnesium ions from the water. There are three main types of water softener systems, and each type has different benefits to keep in mind when choosing one for installation in your home.
Salt-based water softener systems are the most commonly used household water softeners. They remove calcium and magnesium and replace those ions with sodium ions, explains the Environmental Protection Agency. The system then flushes the ions out of the water. These units are affordable, work well on very hard water and have long lifespans. There are single-tank and dual-tank salt-based water softener systems, and they have large capacities. Homes with well water benefit from the dual-tank options because there’s always a supply of softened water available.
Magnetic water softener systems attach to your pipe. They require an electrical connection. The magnets attract ions in the water. The ions are neutralized then return to the water. The neutralized ions are soluble, so they don’t form mineral scales or hard water deposits. These water softeners work well on moderately hard water, and you don’t have to refill them with salt. Pipes don’t have to be cut to install magnetic water softeners, and no maintenance is required.
Salt-free water softener systems use resin beads to remove charges from ions. The calcium and magnesium ions then form a crystal structure. The crystals don’t adhere to anything. These water softeners don’t require any regular maintenance, and they don’t add sodium to your water. They also remove other impurities, so your water may also taste and smell better.
To learn more about household water softener systems and their benefits, take a look at Bruno Plumbing & Heating’s water softeners, or schedule a consultation with our qualified service technicians today.