What You Should Know About Water Softeners? 

Water softeners are a great way to make your home more efficient. They reduce your utility bills and make appliances last longer. But if you’re thinking of getting one, there are some things that you should be aware of. 

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What you should know about water softeners?

A water softener removes the hardness minerals (calcium and magnesium) from your tap water. They do this by using ion exchange technology to swap the calcium and manganese ions with sodium ions. This process allows the water to be much more soluble, making it easier to use for cooking, washing dishes and showering. 

You should also be aware of what you can do to get the most out of your water softener. 

The first thing to do is check your water for hardness levels. You can get a test kit from the store or your local water supplier, or you can use an independent laboratory. Taking a test will help you decide which type of water softener is right for you. 

What you should know about hardness testing? 

The level of hardness in your water determines the type of water softener you need. The higher the hardness level, the more expensive the softener will be. 

What you should know about salt usage?

Salt is used to regenerate the softener beads and prevent them from clogging. It also helps to keep your water piping free of corrosion and prevents scale from building up on it. 

What you should know about  maintenance?

Regular cleaning is important to maintaining your softener and preventing the resin from becoming fouled. This can occur when iron or manganese ions become attached to the resin, or when bacteria or fungi grow on the resin. 

What you should know about warranties? 

Warranty coverage for water softeners is usually limited to a few years, but you can find some systems that come with lifetime coverage. This means that the manufacturer will replace parts in your system if they break during their lifespan. 

What you should know about maintenance?

A water softener will need to be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. This will include inspecting the tank for a build-up of soap scum, as well as checking that all of the fittings and drain lines are free of debris. 

What you should know about iron and manganese fouling?

If the iron or manganese ions in your water get deposited on the resin, it can clog up the device. This is known as fouling and is easily prevented by filtering the water before it reaches your softener. 

What you should know about corrosive effects of a softener?

If your water is hard, it will eventually cause limescale to form in your pipes and household appliances. Limescale can clog up the pipes, cause plumbing problems and reduce the efficiency of your appliances. 

What you should know about a water softener leaking? 

If there’s any sign of leakage, call a plumber as soon as possible. They can also help to install a new drain line if needed.