Another very common way to treat the water in your home is through water softening, or conditioning. Water conditioners are used to remove the minerals that create hard water, this process leaves the water with a soft feeling and doesn’t carry the hassles and damage of hard water. The main contributing minerals to hard water are calcium and magnesium although other metal cations can also contribute to the hardness of the water. There are multiple ways of achieving soft and clean water, and below some of the best ways will be discussed.
Ion Exchange Water Conditioner
The ion-exchange method is the most commonly known way to soften water in the home due to its effectiveness. The combination of ion-exchange resin and salt initiates a chemical process that removes the hardness chemicals from the water. The conditioner that performs this process can be tailored to cater to two different water sources, water provided through the city and water provided by a well.
City Water: The unit for this type of water uses a high grade carbon to remove chlorine and chloramines commonly found in water provided by the city. This carbon also helps remove other heavy metals such as lead and mercury from water supplies. Mainly this unit helps to save you on your salt and water usage due to the built in meter designed to control its flow.
Well Water: The main difference in the system used to treat well water versus city water is its ability to remove tannic acid, which is mainly caused from tree roots and rotten vegetation. It causes your water to appear yellowish and causes a bitter taste, the presence of tannic acid in your well water usually is a suggestion of a greater contamination and is a good indication to have your water tested for other pollutants.
This process is known to remove the hardness from water as well as other harsh and heavy impurities, leaving your water to help extend the life of appliances, prevent scale build up, and most importantly supply the house with good clean water.
No Salt Water Conditioner
This is a rather revolutionary water conditioning system because it provides the same amazing water as the ion-exchange system, but without the use of salt or electricity. It utilizes a dual tank system and two different medias to remove hardness and other heavy pollutants, leaving great quality water behind. This unit prevents corrosion and allows for no contamination, as well as saves on cost of salt, wasted water, chlorine, or even the cost and damage done by scale build up. The carbon media reduces the chlorine, taste, odor, and other impurities, while the anti-scale media works at preventing the collection of hardness minerals, together these resins bring top notch water to the home with low maintenance, low waste, and most importantly low cost.