Before you choose a water softener and set up your water softening system, you'll need to know the hardness of your tap water. Here is a guide to water hardness.
What Does Water Hardness Mean?
Tap water is said to be "hard" when it contains a lot of natural minerals, and a water softener is therefore designed to remove minerals from the water. Minerals can get into tap water in a variety of ways, but a big part of the mineral content comes from magnesium and calcium ions that get into the water as it trickles over limestone and other porous rocks. Your local municipality should do its own testing to make sure that mineral content is at a safe level for drinking water. However, many people choose to add a water softener to their water when they want to remove additional minerals to improve the water's taste.
How Do I Know My Water's Hardness?
There are two main ways to understand your tap water's hardness. The first is to look up the data by contacting your local water provider. They should be able to direct you to recent information about their water testing and water quality. While these numbers are fairly reliable, they only account for the water quality at their source; the numbers won't account for any changes to the water that occur as it travels to your pipes or as it sits within your plumbing. Sometimes, old ground pipes can be responsible for adding mineral content. And if your home plumbing is old, it may be adding minerals as well.
For these reasons, getting home water testing kits is a good idea to test the water's hardness as it comes out of your tap. A water testing specialist can come to your home and measure the hardness, leaving you with a measure of "grains of hardness" in your water. With this number in hand, you can compare different water softener options based on the amount of grains of hardness that they remove per hour.
Picking the Right Water Softener
The strength of your water softening solution is an important element of your water softening system, but it's not the only factor that matters. You'll need to make sure that the format is compatible with your tank as well, since there are nuggets, pellets, and other formats that are preferred in single or dual tanks. Consulting a water treatment specialist can help you choose the right strength of your water softener among other qualities.
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