“Hard” water is usually caused by the presence of calcium and magnesium ions; soft water occurs when these cations are low. Elevated hardness will cause stains on your fixtures, spots on your dishes and insufficient lather from your soaps and shampoos. It can dry your skin, cause your hair to tangle and feel rough, and even discolor it under some circumstances. It can also cause scaling which can clog pipes, decrease the life of your fixtures, clog your water heater, and even leave a coating in your tea and coffee pots. A water softener will lower the hardness of your water by replacing the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions, which do not harm your fixtures and can eliminate potential costly problems. Once installed, it is recommended that conditioners be serviced on a regular basis. For most of our clients, this means every six months.
A test will show where your water measures on the pH scale of 0-14. A low pH reading indicates an acidic condition, whereas a high pH reading indicates alkalinity. Ideally, the pH reading should be a neutral 7. A pH imbalance will ultimately damage your piping, causing leaks which will increase in frequency and severity over a period of time. A neutralizer is bedded with material which will neutralize the water as it passes through. With proper maintenance, a neutralizer can prevent many costly repairs
Here are numerous types and sizes of filters. For instance, there are whole house canister style filters with cartridges designed to trap such things as carbon and sediment accumulation, small filters for individual lines such as the water line to the refrigerator and a tank style for iron. Ultraviolet light systems are designed to make potable if a laboratory test confirms that it is contaminated.
It is very important to keep a water treatment system maintained. It is recommended that units be checked semi-annually for proper function, operation and bedding condition. The salt level in a softener brine tank must be maintained at all times for the softener to achieve optimum results. The unit can be set to backwash automatically at predetermined intervals, and a clock set accordingly. Neutralizers are also set to backwash automatically, but the bedding level must also be checked to ensure that it is sufficient to continue to neutralize the water. If maintained properly, a water treatment system can prevent many costly repairs, more than offsetting any costs related to the scheduled servicing. The filter cartridges in a canister style unit can often be changed by the homeowner.