What’s the Main Purpose of a Water Softener?

Tap water being drunk by a pretty little girl

A water softener’s main job is to make the hard water that comes into your home less harsh – or softer. It does this by removing minerals that cause the water to be hard in the first place, which commonly include calcium and magnesium. Water hardness can vary depending on where you live, but the municipal water supply in the Durham region is typically around 7-8 grains of hardness, for example.

Hard water can cause a whole host of problems including leaving a scaly buildup on appliances with heat elements and dishes, to clogging up pipes, and affecting every day simple tasks such as doing the laundry or taking a shower. Hard water can especially cause dry skin and hair.

Alternatively, soft water is much gentler on your skin and hair when bathing and helps to correct and even prevent the buildup of hard water on your appliances and plumbing. If you’re interested in a water softening system, check out our key steps below to help you make the switch to softer water.

Glass of water with strip to check hardness

Have Your Water Tested

To better understand the water that is coming into your home, have it tested. This test can check your water for:

  • Hardness
  • Iron
  • Sulphur (Hydrogen Sulphide)
  • pH levels
  • TANNINS
  • Total dissolved solids (TDS)
  • Temperature

If your water tastes, smells or looks strange in any way, make sure you get a water treatment professional from Advantage Airtech ClimateCare to inspect it. Water is so vital for our everyday living and it should never compromise the health of you and your family.

Reverse Osmosis and Whole Home Filtration

The removal of inorganic solids, such as salt, from a solution such as water is what makes up the process of reverse osmosis. This is an excellent way to filter your home’s water. This simple but effective process involves the pressure of household water pushing tap water through a semipermeable membrane. It’s especially useful when it comes to drinking water systems.

A whole home filtration system involves a filter being connected to the main water line in your home. This is so all of the dispensers in your home – faucets, showers, baths, kitchen, laundry and toilets – only dispense water that is treated and filtered.

The system will automatically regenerate and flush all containments to drain every 10 days. This system is highly used to reduce any particles, contaminants and impurities in all of your home’s water.

Top of the Line Water Softeners

The Excalibur Chlor-A-Soft model is just one prime example of an excellent water softener on the market today. Its combination system not only softens your water but also removes chlorine and chemicals. It’s fully programmable and wastes zero water, while also being self-sufficient with a self-diagnostic service feature. This advanced model uses 80% less salt than other softeners.

The Excalibur Chlor-a-Soft is technically sound in every way, while also being compact with a one-piece cabinet/twin tank design. Its use of a 12 Volt AC minimize hydro expenses and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Have other questions or concerns about your home’s water quality or water softener? Contact the team at Advantage Airtech ClimateCare today for assistance or to have your water tested.