Hard Water Can Weaken Your Appliance Efficiency

Water contains many dissolved substances we can’t see, so we’ve developed simple terminology to describe its specific condition. Hard water is one: Hard water can smell and taste bad. It also can lead to mineral deposits on your appliances and within their workings, which can make them less effective and less efficient over time.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is so named due to its high content of dissolved minerals. You can’t usually see that content, but you can taste or sometimes smell it. While water can contain any number of minerals and other substances, the primary offenders are calcium and magnesium.

The minerals in hard water cause us problems when they bind to other substances. Soap, for instance, won’t foam up as well, which makes washing our bodies and clothes less effective in removing dirt or bacteria — you may have noticed clothing ending up with odd stains or dishes come out of the dishwater spotty.

How Does Hard Water Affect Appliances?

Appliances which use water, such as our dishwashers and hot water tanks suffer the most from hard water. Minerals in the water (think dissolved rocks) build up on the heating elements and slowly bring down the efficiency of the appliance.

A hot water tank has to work much harder to heat water to the desired temperature when it is coated with minerals. It draws in more energy and raises your utility bills in the process. It can cost almost 30% more to heat the same amount of water when it is untreated, hard water.

Mineral deposits from hard water can coat our pipes with an unsightly substance called scale. Over time, it often restricts water flow and clogs pipes and appliances. Even a tiny layer of scale, 1/16th of an inch, can increase the energy consumption of an appliance by 10% or more.

And guess what happens when the appliances have to work hard? They break down more frequently and require more maintenance to remove the mineral buildup and maintain efficiency cause, costing you to repair them.

Industries which use hard water in their processes require an increased amount of detergent to clean their equipment. Detergent isn’t as effective against hard water, so it takes more of it to produce the needed suds. For every increase in water hardness, detergent use goes up 2% to 4%.

That means a waste of detergent and increased costs. And all that detergent-polluted water goes into our sewers and water treatment plants. They have to work harder to clean it up before it can be reintroduced into our water supply.

What’s the Solution to Hard Water?

You can avoid this waste and expense by investing in a water softener. Water is “softened” by removing the mineral content. Softening is done in a variety of ways, usually through a process called ion exchange using a special salt. Water is passed through tiny beads called ion exchange resins. In a chemical process, two sodium ions are exchanged for each calcium or magnesium ion. The result is better-tasting water which is “softer” on your skin, clothes and appliances.

Softened water won’t produce scale or cause buildup in your pipes or on your appliances’ heating elements to the extent hard water will. Since they won’t be compromised by mineral buildup, appliances won’t require as much maintenance and they won’t break down as often.

Disadvantages of Softened Water

You wouldn’t put so much effort into getting rid of the minerals in your water and making it soft if there weren’t benefits to doing so. But while soft water is often better for your plumbing, appliances, some drawbacks exist.

Because water softeners use salt to change the water, they can increase the sodium content of your drinking water. Not by much, but it’s worth considering. If you’re someone who has to monitor salt intake for health reasons, you may want to take that into consideration before adding a water softener.

It’s up to you to decide if treating your water is worth the expense. It’s a matter of how high the mineral content of your water is and how it is affecting your appliances. Softer water may mean less energy use and longer-lasting appliances.

Original Source: https://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/how-hard-water-affects-appliance-efficiency-zbcz1802

Original Date: 2-9-18

Author: Kayla Mathews


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The Benefits of Salt Free Water Softeners

People with fresh, high-quality water can be taken for granted in many parts of the world.  In others however water can be full of minerals, contaminants, and be extremely hard.  This can lead to nasty tasting water that is affected by high amounts of minerals in the water. One of the best solutions to hard water is to install a water treatment system in your home that can provide a softer, better tasting, higher quality water supply.

Treating Your Water At Home

Water softeners essentially work by adding other minerals to the water in order for the water to taste good. There are a number of ways this is done and one includes a salt process. Many people however, have concerns with adding extra salt to their bodies.  Some people have diseases and conditions where they need to limit the amount of sodium in their bodies so a traditional water softener that uses salt to soften the water may not be ideal.  Another alternative for treating the water in your home can come from a potassium water softener, water conditioning, or a water filtration/purification system.


People often consider water softeners and water conditioners as one of the same. A salt-free water softener can more accurately be called a water conditioner or de-scaler.  A traditional water softener using salt, works by removing magnesium and calcium from the water and replacing it with sodium. Another option that works on the same principal is replacing the salt with potassium, also known as a saltless or salt-free water system.

Difference Between Water Softeners

A salt-free water filtration system doesn’t work exactly the same way as the salted one. Instead of removing hard water minerals, it keeps them from sticking to the pipes. This is a special process where the hard water minerals are crystallized, so that they can no longer stick to surfaces, which includes your pipes or your dishes.


The unsalted system also helps by reducing the buildup of limescale. This is that chalky substance you see on dried hard water spots and can be filled with other minerals or chemicals. While it’s not harmful, it can be unsightly and embarrassing if you are serving guests, or are a food-based business that must have 100% clean dishes.


The salt free water filtration system works by altering the chemical structure of the water minerals through a special descaling process. This helps to prevent solids from being deposited into your pipes and other water-using fixtures.

Talk With an Expert

A salt free water purification system is as effective as a salt-based system and it may suit your needs if your city’s water isn’t as hard as others. It is best to speak to a water filtration specialist to fulfill the needs of your home.  When choosing salt-free water purification system it will also come with a filter. This helps to filter out the hard water minerals in your water, while providing water softener properties.  For assistance in finding the best water softener or water purification system for your house, contact us today.


At Reynolds Water Conditioning Company, we are here to help make sure our clients don’t buy water treatment systems that they don’t need.  We are here to make sure you find a water softening system that gives you the results you are looking for, whether it is to remove iron or odor from you water; we have a solution that will help!  For more information contact our experts at 800.572.9575 or at our website https://reynoldswater.com.


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The hard facts about your water

 Many options available for improving the quality of the water that we wash with, cook with and consume on a daily basis

     Are your water glasses spotty and is your laundry looking gray and faded? Do you have mineral buildup on your fixtures, faucets or sinks?

    If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you likely have a need for a water treatment system in your home. Even more importantly, your water may harbor contaminants that could endanger your family’s health and should be tested.

    “Arsenic and lead are tasteless and odorless and prevalent in Genesee County,” said Greg Cornell, general manager of the Flint office of Culligan Water, one of the nation’s oldest and largest water treatment companies. “You should have your water tested periodically. You can either bring a water sample to our office or we will come out to your home.”

    Even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates and sets standards for public drinking water, homeowners often use a home water treatment system to improve water quality. These systems can reduce the hardness of the water, eliminate certain contaminants like arsenic or lead, or get rid of strong odors.

    “The biggest thing right now is arsenic issues,” said Scott Breckenridge of Beauchamp Water Treatment & Supply, on Old U.S. 23 in Brighton. “It’s a naturally occurring contaminant and cancer-causing but people don’t have to be scared by it because it (arsenic issue) is treatable. We remove it by reverse osmosis or with a whole house softener with an arsenic removal system added.”

    Residential water treatment options include filtration systems, using a water filter to remove impurities from the water; water softeners that reduce the hardness of the water; distillation systems that boil impure water and reverse osmosis, which uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water.

    The most common water treatment system in most homes is a water softener. Water softeners soften the water by removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium and replacing them with a softer mineral — sodium or potassium.

    You’ll notice cleaner laundry, smoother and softer skin, more efficient use of soaps and detergents and increased efficiency and longevity of water-using appliances like dish washers, water heaters and washing machines.

    “Water softeners are the basis of what we do,” said Jason Tiefenback, co-owner of Douglas Water Conditioning in Fenton. “It’s the first step in your home’s water treatment plan. The second step in purifying your water would be reverse osmosis, if you want a specific system for drinking water. The two work hand-in-hand.”

    Jim McIntyre, who founded McIntyre Soft Water in his hometown of Linden 58 years ago, specializes in solving water problems for people, whether it’s bacteria, iron removal, taste and odor removal, plus all different contaminants found in the water. His company trucks can be found locally, in the Thumb area and on the campus of Michigan State University, where technicians have been servicing and replacing huge dormitory water softeners for the past 18 years,

    Most local companies that specialize in water treatment also offer salt and bottled water residential delivery and pick-up, free water testing and other services.

    You can also purchase a water softener at local retailers, including Sears Hometown Store in Fenton.

    “Kenmore has three different models, from $399 to $599,” said Tim Stone, store co-owner. “When selecting a unit, we’ll ask you how many people are in the household, to determine water usage. Our top model is also ergonomically designed to make it easier for the homeowner to insert the salt.”

    Sears Hometown Store will also test your water for hardness and iron content, if you bring it in, Stone said.

    Original Source: http://www.tctimes.com/living/the-hard-facts-about-your-water/article_48aa9f2e-02c1-11e8-9e2d-8f79f13548a8.html

    Original Author: Sally Rummell

    Original Date: Jan 26 2018

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    Buyer beware: Free water analysis not all it seems

    Elemental Core Outreach bottle drop
    A company called Elemental Core Outreach was doing bottle drops in Hutchinson this past week. That’s when salespeople leave a small bag with a water bottle and a flyer, asking people if they want to participate in a free water analysis. Those who participated reported having a salesperson visit them for what was described as a high-pressure sales presentation.

    Staff photo by Stephen Wiblemo

    Did you recently receive a small bag with a bottle and flyer on your door offering you a free water analysis from a company called Elemental Core Outreach? If so, beware, these salespeople may use questionable, high-pressure techniques to try to sell you expensive water softener equipment you may not need.

    This past week there were several reports on social media from people in Hutchinson who said they received these bottles and flyers. This technique is called a bottle drop, according to Jon Hantge of Tri County Water in Hutchinson. The bottles and flyers are left on residents’ doors, asking them to fill out a short questionnaire and leave it with the water sample to be picked up the next day.


    Elemental Core Outreach flyer
    This flyer, accompanied by a small plastic bottle, showed up on people’s doors in Hutchinson this past week. It’s from a company called Elemental Core Outreach and is not affiliated with the city.

    This flyer, accompanied by a small plastic bottle, showed up on people’s doors in Hutchinson this past week. It’s from a company called Elemental Core Outreach and is not affiliated with the city.

    Hantge said the bottle drops and flyers are not the questionable part. His company used to do them, too. It’s what’s not included on the flyers, he said, that should raise suspicion.

    “When we do a bottle drop, we put our names, phone number and who we are so people can see we are legitimate,” he said.

    The flyers left by Elemental Core Outreach do not include names or phone numbers. They give instructions to fill the bottle with water, complete the questions on the flyer, and put it back where it was found for pickup the next day.

    Hantge said he’s seen this type of sales tactic before, especially in the Twin Cities, and that they typically try to target elderly and vulnerable people.

    He said some people participated in this recent bottle drop and were later contacted by a company representative who told them their water had problems. When those people brought samples to Tri County Water for testing, however, Hantge said their water tested just fine.

    Others were told that with their current water softener they would need to replace the resin bed annually, but in actuality resin beds are typically good for 10 to 15 years.

    One couple reported they had a sales representative visit their house for what ended up being about a 3 1/2-hour sales pitch, during which they felt pressured to purchase a range of products for monthly payments around $200. Afterward, they were not given contact information for the sales representative.

    Hutchinson officials confirmed the company has a permit to solicit in town.

    The Hutchinson Water Department said it was not related to the bottle drops. It also said that when it does water testing, it always notifies residents before dropping bottles off.

    An internet search of Elemental Core Outreach showed the company is based in Appleton, Wisconsin. On the company’s Facebook page, the first post was made in June 2017. According to the Better Business Bureau’s website, the company started in May 2017.

    Other Facebook postings about Elemental Core Outreach revealed the company was in more towns this past year. A Lester Prairie resident named Jeanine Lore reported receiving one of the bottles and flyers in October, and the city of Howard Lake reported the bottle drops in December.

    In Kimberly, Wisconsin, the company was denied a solicitor’s permit because it was soliciting before receiving approval.

    Elemental Core Outreach’s website does not list a price for its Eagle 5600 SXT model water softener, or any of the other products it offers. The company also touts a lifetime warranty for its products, but upon closer inspection there appear to be some catches.

    For instance, it says “if the equipment does not perform properly you should request service from the dealer that sold you the equipment.” This could be a problem if no other contact information is given other than the phone number and email address for the company’s headquarters in Wisconsin.

    The warranty also states “If we are not able to arrange local servicing, you should send the defective part(s) (or, if you prefer, send the entire unit) directly to us, freight prepaid, with proof of purchase and a copy of this warranty.”

    A phone call to the company’s headquarters was made to find out more information and how much its products cost. The woman who responded said she could not answer questions, but promised to have a representative call back. As of Tuesday morning, the call had not been returned.

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    What’s Best For You: Sodium or Potassium Chloride?

    Quality water represents life and health however bad water can literally suck the life out of your plumbing.  If you find yourself in constant need of repairs due to the excess mineral deposit and lime-scale, then it is clear your home may benefit from the installation of a water softener or another form of water treatment.  It might not be as clear cut as this either, sometimes homeowners will only notice a change in water pressure.  This however can be a clear sign of buildup on the pipes that is restricting the flow of water.

    Saving Money With a Water Softener

    Some people prefer the taste of hard water, but is dealing with dry skin, blocked pipes, scum inside your kettle or the constant upsurge in energy bills worth it? Hard water contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium salts, and while they are not harmful, they cause damage not only to your taps, pipes, and water heating appliances but also to your wallet. Water softener systems for homes are worth installing because you will begin to see significant saving on your monthly energy costs and reduced damage to all your home appliances. Additionally, softening hard water also has the following advantages:

    • Soaps and detergents lather effectively during a wash
    • It stops sticky insoluble crud from hanging around your skin, hair, clothes, plumbing fixtures, silverware, glassware, mirrors, toilet, bath tiles, and on your car too
    • Soft water makes cleaning a breeze and reduces household work
    • It boosts the efficiency and life of your home heating system

    Getting rid of the calcium and magnesium is the ultimate solution. All you need is a water softener for home unit that works by effectively removing the minerals that cause the water to harden through a process called ion exchange. If you are not sure whether you have hard water, hiring the expertise of a water technician to test the level of hardness of your water is always advisable.

    Two types of water softeners for your consideration:

    Salt-Free Water Softeners (Potassium Chloride Systems)

    This choice is a good option for those apprehensive about their salt intake, and a does a fairly good job of reducing and preventing hard water scale from being deposited on water pipes, heaters, tubs, showers, sinks, and water-based appliances.

    Salt-Based Ion Exchange Water Softener 

    These units use two tanks to soften hard water by substituting salt for hard minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron during a backwash cycle. The water is ready for use as soon as the excess sodium is rinsed out and the brine tank is refilled. There is also the magnetic water softener or descaler water softener for homes option.

    A Solution To Your Water Problems

    Now, instead of wasting so much money on vinegar every time you want to get rid of hard water stains on your fancy glasses, or you want to reduce your skyrocketing utility bills significantly, the solution is getting a good water softener for homes once and for all.

    At Reynolds Water Conditioning Company, we are here to help make sure our clients don’t buy water treatment systems that they don’t need.  We are here to make sure you find a water softening system that gives you the results you are looking for, whether it is to remove iron or odor from you water; we have a solution that will help!  For more information contact our experts at 800.572.9575 or at our website https://reynoldswater.com.



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    Water Softeners and Conditioners Improve Your Water Quality

    In certain parts of the country the water is better than others. We rely on drinking water on a daily basis for survival.  It’s imperative that the water we drink is free of containments and tastes good. Nothing is worse than hard water, water that is over-laden with minerals, that not only gives it a sulfuric taste, but is also harsh and drying on the skin. The best solution is to add a water treatment system such as a water softener system to your home.

    Choosing The Right Water System for Your Home

    There are differences between a water softener, conditioner, purifier, and filtration system. Choosing the best water treatment system for your home can be a lot simpler if you decide its primary purpose and work with a professional water conditioning company to choose the right system for your situation.

    A water conditioner is basically a piece of equipment that can change your water. It can filter your water, or improve the taste of the water in some way. A water softener is a specific form of water conditioner; it can reduce water hardness. But don’t worry, as you can use both interchangeably, as they have basically the same result.

    In order to figure out if you need a water softener for your home, inspect your glassware after it’s washed and dried. If it has a whitish film on the surface, this means that your water is hard. This is because the dissolved minerals in the water will prevent the soap from doing a thorough job. A water conditioning company can help you determine what type of water treatment system that is best for your home or business.

    This build-up of minerals is commonly calcium or magnesium. While they’re harmless to the human body, we all need our vitamins and minerals; it can make drinking water not as pleasant of an experience as it should be. It can also dry out your skin, decrease the efficiency of detergents, stain laundry and landscaping, and a variety of other unpleasant effects of hard water.

    Deciding On A Water Softener

    You have choices to make if you decide you want water softener systems in your home.  Do you want just your drinking water improved, or do you want a complete water softener for home installed for all water consumption, including sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs?

    Water softener systems work by replacing the calcium and magnesium in the water for other types of ions. Inside the softener unit the water will flow over a bed of tiny plastic beads that have been coated with sodium or potassium ions. The water releases the potassium and calcium, and grabs the sodium.

    How Water Conditioners Work

    A water conditioner can work a variety of different ways too. It may use a form of carbon filtration, ceramic media, magnets, or electromagnetic waves to remove these unwanted particles. No matter which you choose, you want to do your research so you’re choosing the most effective and safest means available.

    Some water conditioners also work through a disinfection method. They add an ingredient, such as chlorine, to kill off bacteria living in the water. While most parts of the USA have safe water to drink, there are many regions in the wilderness where groundwater could be contaminated, so you need a filtration system for your cottage.

    Ask the experts if you’re uncertain what the best water softener for home is. Soon your water will look cleaner and taste better.

    At Reynolds Water Conditioning Company, we are here to help make sure our clients don’t buy water treatment systems that they don’t need.  We are here to make sure you find a water softening system that gives you the results you are looking for, whether it is to remove iron or odor from you water; we have a solution that will help!  For more information contact our experts at 800.572.9575 or at our website https://reynoldswater.com.

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    Best Water Treatment Systems for Your Home

    Water treatment systems are designed to solve differing issues with domestic water supplies. As hydrology and water quality vary widely across countries consumers need to determine their specific treatment needs before shopping for a suitable system. Issues can range from water hardness, chemical filtration, biological filtration, UV treatment, well water quality and other water contaminants or pollutants.

    Professional and trustworthy water treatment system specialists are also an important consideration for consumers to consider. Due diligence on the consumer’s part is the best way to assure the success of any trade person’s installation or product.

    In most cases, installation companies will offer the consumer a free water quality test to determine their specific needs. They will then usually guide the customer through the system selection process. You can, of course, employ an independent firm to carry out the test who have no ties to water treatment supplies.

    Water Supply Types

    The need for treatment will depend on the waters source and associated contamination from local land use or natural contamination. Water supplies most commonly come from the following:

    Groundwater remains the most common source for bathing which may or may not need treatment.

    Brackish waters, from for example estuaries, after desalination, are usually used for gardening and irrigation.

    Surface waters sourced from, for example, lakes,  are usually safe to drink but may need some treatment to remove contaminants.

    Let’s take a look at common issues and available solutions.

    Water Treatment Systems – Contaminant types

    A variety of different contaminants can make your water supply less than ideal for consumption or use. Some companies may use the term “purify” on their marketing materials, but this is actually a little misleading. Pure water is H2O and nothing else, which of course is highly unlikely to be found in naturally.


    Some systems specialize in UV treatment of water supplies to disinfect it. This treatment method kills the contaminating bacteria that would if consumed, potentially lead to illness.


    Water softening systems excess mineral content in “hard” water. The minerals in question are excess concentrations of calcium, magnesium and certain other metal cations.

    Multi-contaminant removal

    Many water treatment companies offer services to remove a wide variety of materials from water. This can include heavy metals (from industrial contamination, damaged pipework, sediment and chlorine from public water disinfection. These contaminants will either effect the waters taste (metallic or chemical) and visual clarity but can potentially affect your health.

    Some supplier companies provide systems that perform several different water treatment systems that treat various issues such as water hardness and pollutant filtration. This is often performed by installing ionic exchange devices or Granular Active Carbon (GAC).

    Brackish Water Treatment

    Desalination is usually performed by reverse osmosis.

    Surface Water Treatment

    Sources including rainwater or water at the top of natural water bodies may need to bet treated to remove algae, bacteria and other insoluble items prior to being deemed safe to drink. This can be performed by filtration, chemical or non-chemical treatment.

    Water Treatment Systems Types

    There are essentially only two principal locations for installing water treatment systems. Which of the two systems you need depends upon what you hope to accomplish. These are:

    Point of Entry (POE)

    As the term suggests, these types of systems treat the water supply before it enters the domestic water distribution system. POE systems are usually installed after water meters or storage tanks.

    Point of Use (POU)

    POU systems, as the name suggests, are installed at locations like the kitchen sink or a showerhead.

    Technology utilized

    Water treatment systems are great ways to treat impure or contaminated water supplies for your home or business. They often encompass one or more of the following methods.


    Water filtration clean water by trapping contaminants in a filter. The filtered materials are often absorbed or broken down after filtration.


    This method uses UV-C to fatally interfere with the bacteria’s DNA. UV treatment is actually more effective than chlorination. For Legionella, however, this system’s efficacy may not be reliable alone.

    Reverse Osmosis

    Reverse osmosis is a process where inorganic solids such as salts are removed from a solution, such as water. This is accomplished by using water pressure to push the water supply through a semipermeable membrane. In effect, this method mechanically forces the impurities out through a filter.

    Water Softening

    The softened water is more compatible with soap but also extends the lifetime of plumbing and of course your very expensive kettle.  Water softening is achieved using lime softening or ion-exchange resins.

    Eco-friendly considerations

    Some systems may claim to be eco-friendly when in fact they are not. Softeners, for instance, may produce waste water that is potentially hazardous to the environment. Water filtration companies will differ greatly on how their systems are potentially damaging to the environment after the treatment process.

    Green filtration companies will hold environmental protection foremost in their products. They will only ever use “green” materials and products.

    Eco-friendly water treatment systems will offer products that are, for example, salt-free treatment, which uses less water during treatment than traditional salt-based systems.

    Traditional water treatment systems companies use traditional technology and products. These companies are not particularly focused on environmental-friendliness.

    Customer maintenance requirements

    Maintenance remains the hidden cost for any technological solution to a problem such as water purity. Performing proper maintenance on water treatment systems ensures its lifespan and efficiency.

    Water treatment systems will vary in the consumers need to maintain it or not.

    None required – Some companies will offer “all in” options where they supply and fit the technology and also handle regular checks and maintenance.

    Minimal Maintenance – This is a hybrid option where the supplier will only replace or repair devices/clogged filter but will need the customer to check filters.

    Customer Maintenance – These types of systems will have complete control over the maintenance of the system after installation. This would usually mean replacing the filters once clogged.

    Original Source: https://interestingengineering.com/best-water-treatment-systems-for-your-home

    By Christopher McFadden

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    Benefits of a Having a Water Softener System

    Water is said to be hard when the high quantity of minerals such as dissolved calcium and magnesium are present. Having a water softener system installed in your home can prove to be beneficial in more than one way. A water softener is especially useful in areas where all people have access to is hard water.  Before shedding light on the benefits of having a water softener system installed in your home, let’s first look at some of the negative consequences that come with having hard water.

    Disadvantages of Hard Water

    • Increases the amount of stains found from iron on clothing, landscape, sinks, and such
    • Decreases the lifespan and durability of appliances including dishwashers, coffee makers, and more
    • Shampoo and soap is less efficient in hard water as well as causing mineral build up in your hair
    • Hard water leaves spots on clean glasses and dishes
    • Increases stains and rings found on fixtures

    In certain locations chemicals are added to the water to soften it by local authorities for residents.  However, not often is this the case.  Most people live in areas of hard water where a water softening system is the best option to achieve soft water.  There are many benefits that come with having soft water in your home.

    Advantages of Soft Water

    • Cost-Effective

    After the initial purchase, water softening systems don’t require much more than yearly maintenance, occasional cleaning, and a new filter but save homeowners money continually overtime.  One way this is accomplished is with the ability to buy less expensive detergent for laundry.  Softer water ensures that a rich lather is reached on the soap and detergent which does not occur with hard water. Clothes also rinse out cleaner without having to purchase costly detergents and products.

    Hard water can also cause costly issues with minerals clogging the pipes within your home.  The minerals can build up within the pipes overtime causing a blockage that requires homeowners to spend money repairing or replacing.

    • Ease and Convenience

    Whether it is dishwashing or laundry, soft water makes it easier for homeowners for cleaning of dishes and clothes. Unlike hard water that leaves stains on clothes and dishes, there is no such issue with soft water. Hence, homeowners will not be required to exert extra efforts for dishwashing and laundry.

    • Softer, Cleaner Hair and Skin

    Soft water is also considered to be better for our skin and hair. It is known to make hair softer and skin cleaner. Thus, installation of a home water softener system can improve the way your skin and hair look and feel.

    • Longer Appliance Lifespan

    Those kitchen appliances that require regular or frequent use of water, their lifespan will increase if you have a water softener system. Hard water tends to deteriorate their value and lessen their durability. No such issue is related to soft water; therefore, you can easily use it in your coffee makers and tea pots.

    Consult With the Professionals

    It clear that the best choice homeowners have is to install a water treatment system such as a water softener if the water in the home is hard.  It is important that you consult with a professional water treatment company when selecting one because there is a wide variety of water softener and conditioning systems available in the market and you want to ensure you get the best one for your water situation.

    At Reynolds Water Conditioning Company, we are here to help make sure our clients don’t buy water treatment systems that they don’t need.  We are here to make sure you find a water softening system that gives you the results you are looking for, whether it is to remove iron or odor from you water; we have a solution that will help!  For more information contact our experts at 800.572.9575 or at our website https://reynoldswater.com.

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    How to deal with hard water in your home

    Hard water is water that has a high level of dissolved minerals in it. Minerals found in hard water are usually magnesium and calcium with a few traces of iron and manganese. These minerals present in the water can cause hard water stains and mineral deposits. The stains, lime scale, and deposits can be seen once the water evaporates. Hard water can also clog drains, leave stains on glass and tiled floors or kitchen tiles, leave a grainy residue on hair, completely ruin your water tank and filtration system, create bacterial growth in drinking water pipes, and prevent soap from foaming.

    There is less health risk associated with hard water but is found to be highly inconvenient to normal living conditions. Usually, local water treatment companies will have Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment, water softening processes, or scale-less (no-scale) treatments already installed. These water treatment processes significantly reduce scaling and purify water considerably, but there might still be a buildup of minerals in the water. If you live in New England, there are chances that you will have a supply of hard water.

    Effects of Hard Water

    There are no damaging effects from hard water on your health and overall condition. It is usually only a nuisance during cleaning the stains and mineral deposits that clog your pipes and drains. Hard water is actually healthy since the minerals present in hard water are the ones recommended for consumption. These recommended minerals actually help prevent diseases and increase the immune system of the body. The only notable effect seen is in dry and dull hair and increased sensitivity of the skin.

    While these minerals are helpful for your body, there have devastating effects on electrical appliances, glassware, silver, sinks, and so on in your home. They can also cause rusting of pipes, clogging, and reduce the effectiveness of cleansing agents. Heaters and electrical systems start consuming more energy due to the increase in load, and will eventually reflect on higher electricity bills and maintenance cost. It is better to treat the hard water and rid yourself of the additional burdens that hard water causes.

    There are several ways to deal with hard water in your home. Let us look at some of them.

    Salt water softener:

    A saltwater softener efficiently takes out the excess calcium and magnesium from the water. When hard water enters the salt water softener, it goes through resin beads that attract positively charged ions of magnesium and calcium (hard ions). The softener then adds soft ions of sodium that convert your hard water supply to one of soft water. This process of water softening is done with the help of salts.

    These salts have to be cleaned and replenished once the resin beads are full of hardened minerals. This process of cleansing the water and converting it to soft water helps eliminate undesirable minerals and salts from hard water. Invest in a good quality salt water softener for home use and enjoy the benefits with none of the disadvantages of hard water.

    Salt-free softener:

    As the name suggests, salt-free softeners work similar to saltwater softeners but use potassium chloride instead of salt. Salt-free softeners also differ from saltwater softeners in their functionality. They prevent minerals from creating excess buildup inside tanks, pipes, and drains but do not reduce the mineral content in the water. The absence of buildup and limescale helps in keeping pipes clean and requires less maintenance than saltwater softeners in the long term.

    This method is usually not as effective as the saltwater softening method but is an excellent choice for people who prefer low sodium intake. The potassium, however, could be a cause for concern for people with high blood pressure and other health concerns. Always conduct thorough research of softeners and filtrations systems for your home before investing in one.

    Reverse Osmosis (RO) purifier:

    For clean drinking water, install an RO water purifier system in your house. A Reverse Osmosis water system can be easily installed above or below your kitchen sink with its own water dispenser or one that connects to the drinking water dispenser already present. The RO water filter purifies the water further by removing any additional chemicals present in the treated water. It then converts the treated water to into super clean drinking water that is entirely safe for consumption.

    Many companies worldwide use RO systems to manufacture clean drinking water for large masses. With a few minor changes in plumbing, you can convert your hard water to good quality healthy and pure drinking water.

    Original Source: https://www.praguepost.com/lifestyle/how-to-deal-with-hard-water-in-your-home

    Original Author: Amy Hamper

    Original Date: Dec 18 2017

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