There are so many water softener devices nowadays that it makes it ridiculously hard on a person or couple to choose exactly which one they are going to purchase. Even harder than that is the fact that so many companies know not at all what they are talking about when it comes to proving their system that they are selling. They are using basic chemistry science to sell their products, but of course you do not have to be a genius to understand that anyone that knows chemistry could be selling the same products with the same arguments.
What to Look For in a Reliable System
The best thing to do when choosing is to ask several representatives to explain their product completely and then based on all of your details that you can even record, ask a certified plumber exactly what is the best water softener for you. The best person to help you in this domain is your plumber or you could try reading water softener reviews online. They have the most knowledge to guide you in making a wise decision. Of course, if you see a ten year warranty on your system that is a good factor to consider. A company that does not mind offering long warranties like that has basically nothing to hide and more likely than others, his product will be good and effective. Safety measures should always be included in your system when you purchase it. If you do not have any safety measures included with your product, the best thing to do is not to purchase that product. Why not ask how many people your system is suitable for? This question is often ignored by so many people who purchase water softener systems. Yet this question should be one of the first question’s to be asked.
Making a Decision
The best thing to do before making a decision is to take your time in making that decision. Of course, when you have tested many systems to the extent that you can test them and asked your plumber for his final advice, it is time to make a wise choice in purchasing a water softener. A great point to not forget in making your choice is the money that you will save when having your water softener device installed. Some systems will clearly find a pattern in the way that water is used in your home and will in fact regenerate only when it is needed. This will indeed save the use of water for no reason.
It learns the patterns of water usage in your household and will regenerate only when it’s necessary, which is useful for saving water. It is very important to ask the representative that is selling the device that you are testing if this function is included, since not all devices include this function.
What Parts are in a Water Softener?
Most devices that are sold include two tanks. A brine tank and a water tank. In one of these tanks there are resin beads and they have the opposite effect electrical charge to that of calcium and magnesium. What happens when the water is dropped in the tank is that an ion exchange process will happen and the hard minerals replaced by soft one. These minerals can be salt (sodium) or potassium chloride. Of course, these minerals are needed for your water to regenerate.
Test your Water First
When purchasing something for our house that will cost us a certain amount of money we should always test to see if we really need it. With a water softener, it is the same principle. You can test your water by taking a clean bottle and filling it up with your water or putting a good amount of water, enough to see the water at the top of your bottle carefully. Next, put the cap on your bottle. Shake the bottle a few times. Open the bottle and look at your water. If your water is full of soap suds you are okay and your water does not have hard water. If your water has only a white film of soap on the top, then it is more likely than not that you have hard water and then the decision will be up to you to see if you would like to purchase a water softener.
Upon being aware that your water contains hard water you might want to test it even more. You can do so by purchasing a DIY testing kit and measure the hardness in your water accurately. This of course is not only good to measure the hardness in your water, but many more aspects of your water. These water kits are especially made to test all contaminants that are included in your water.