What to Know About Water Softeners

Tap water contains minerals and other substances that can affect how the water tastes and might affect your health. When left untreated, the water that comes from wells and many municipal water sources can stain your sinks, tubs, and shower basins. Fortunately, a water softener can remove those minerals and other substances so that you get clean water that doesn’t taste bad or stain your plumbing fixtures and appliances. Here’s what you need to know about them and how they work to improve the water quality in your home.

The Softener Might Have Multiple Tanks

A softener for water has at least one tank that plumbers refer to as a “cylinder” and might have more. According to Research and Markets, a typical water softener will have one-, two-, or multi-cylinder configurations. The more cylinders your softener has, the more room it will need so that it can do its job and soften your water supply. It’s important to buy a softener that can process the amount of water that your household normally uses in a day.

Test Water Hardness

A professional will need to determine just how hard the water is that you want a softener to treat. A municipality that might provide you with water should have testing information that tells you how hard the water is that you get from the water utility. If you get your water from a well, lake, or river, you can have it tested to determine its level of hardness. Testing your current water will tell you if a softener is necessary and a professional can help you determine what kind of softener you need.

Installation Takes About a Day

A plumber or someone else who has experience installing a softener will need about six hours for the installation. Homeowners should not attempt an installation on their own, as only an expert will know how to install it safely and correctly. Most people find it easier to hire an experienced plumber to install the softener, get the best results, and save time. While the installation is underway, you can focus on your normal daily routine.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our water softeners, reach out today. Our experts will be happy to guide you through the entire process. We are looking forward to working with you.

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