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Reasons to Use Water Softeners

Water is made up of minerals that are very healthy and essential for our overall health. This article will discuss when water has too much calcium or magnesium. If water has a high concentration of these minerals, it can cause dissolved minerals to build up in pipes and other plumbing fixtures. This can block pipes and make it difficult for soap and detergent to dissolve in water. Water softening is a process that removes ions from water that can cause it to be hard. This reduces the amount of calcium or magnesium in the water and helps preserve your home’s plumbing.

Water with a high level of calcium or magnesium is called hard water. This quality is also known as water hardness.

Regular Water Softeners vs Salt Free Water Softeners

Two separate tanks are required for conventional softeners: the resin tank and brine tank. The brine tank can be used to use an ion-exchange process that removes ions like calcium and magnesium. Water flows through a “bed” of resin beads that contains sodium ions. Calcium and magnesium ions attract the sodium ions to which they stick to. The device stops temporarily when there is not enough calcium or magnesium ions. The theory is that the water produced by conventional softeners will not contain calcium or magnesium but have additional sodium.

Salt-free softeners do not use sodium (sodium), to remove calcium and magnesium from water. A potassium chloride water softener is the most popular and effective type. This means that instead salt (sodium), potassium is added to soften water. It has been proven to be very healthy, even in large quantities.

Here is the scale from the US government which defines hardness in measurable terms.

Soft contains between 0-60mg/L calcium carbonate

Calcium carbonate moderate contains between 61 and 120mg/L

Calcium carbonate is found in Hard at 121 to 180 mg/L

Very Hard contains 181mg/L calcium Carbonate or more

The Advantages of Salt Free Versions

People with underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar, can have adverse reactions if water contains more salt than normal. These people need to look for other sources of drinking water or ways to soften the water. Reviews of salt-free water softeners report higher maintenance costs than conventional water softeners. In some cases, the cost of potassium pellets (beads), is twice as high as salt pellets.