Water Softeners: Fact vs. Fiction
What does Softened Water really mean?
WQA* defines soft water as any water which has been processed in some manner (like a Conditioner) BUT must be able to reduce the total hardness to 1 grain per gallon or less, expressed as calcium carbonate equivalent. The water softener system also needs to be certified S100 by the WQA in order to be a softener. If you are buying a softener, make sure it is WQA-certified S100 or similar standard.
So Conditioned Water can be Soft Water, but not ALL Conditioners are able to Soften Water.
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Consumers are advised to be certain that they understand exactly what benefits are claimed before they purchase any water conditioner device.
Only a Water Softener or a Reverse Osmosis System can get your water below 1 grain of hardness. Only these two products actually soften hard water. Period.
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Water Softeners (Automatic or Portable Exchange)
- Water softeners come in a variety of sizes, flow rates, etc.
- A Water Softener can either be an Automatic System that you can buy or rent. You add salt to it yourself and the system regenerates in your home.
- Or it can be a soft water exchange tank service whereby a technician removes the tank periodically and replaces it with a regenerated tank. Used tanks are regenerated at a regeneration facility.
- An alternative solution to using a water softener is to filter the water either by distillation or reverse osmosis to remove the calcium and magnesium.
- This type of filtration would be much more expensive to use for all of the water in your home.
- It is far more cost effective to install a reverse osmosis system under your kitchen sink and connect it to your icemaker and then install a whole house water softener such as an Automatic Softener or Exchange Tank Softener for the remainder of your home's water.