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How do you know if you need a water softener? There are a variety of problems that can make water objectionable. Some are obvious, others unnoticeable. The obvious ones are easy: scale build up, foul odor, discoloration of the water, cloudiness, sediment, etc. Others may not be apparent, but can be determined by testing or by reviewing a water quality report. Examples of these issues include bacteria, radium, radon, uranium, arsenic, nitrates, heavy metals, disinfection by products (contaminants created with disinfectants like chlorine interact with bacteria), pesticides or pharmaceuticals. Water treatment alternatives are available for all types of contaminant removal. Find out more with a Free Water Test.

The most common treatment option is a water softener, which will treat all the water in your home. As water travels through the water softener, ion exchange occurs, with the sodium ions being exchanged for the calcium and magnesium ions, which become trapped in a resin bed. Once the water softener’s sodium ions are depleted, more are created through a process called regeneration. The residual calcium and magnesium are flushed from the system.

This process eliminates hardness and sodium ions do not have the negative impacts of calcium and magnesium, such as scaling, spotting and etching. Moreover, hard water does not react well with soap and other products that need to be dissolved in water, causing you to use far more–and costing you more money. Scaling also makes it harder to heat your water, reducing the efficiency of your water heater and other water using appliances, costing you even more money and reducing their life spans. 

Other systems, such as reverse osmosis systems, typically treat only your drinking water. These systems provide a high level of purification to remove even the smallest and most harmful contaminants.

Water treatment and purification systems will also address other issues such as:

    • Bad taste or odor
    • Rust and mineral discoloration
    • Hard water scale build-up
    • Soap scum and spotting

Water softeners provide benefits such as:

    • Less soap needed for bathing, cleaning and laundering
    • Cleaner and brighter laundry
    • Longer lasting fixtures and pipes
    • More efficient and longer lasting appliances such as your water heater, dishwasher, clothes washer, coffee maker, etc.
    • More pure, cleaner water for cooking and drinking
    • Eliminates the need for bottled water and its cost

Which water softener is right for your home? Contact the water professionals at Rocky Mountain Water Conditioning to schedule a Free Water Test to begin the process of finding the right solution for your family.

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