Misconceptions About Water Softeners Every Homeowner Should Know

21 August 2020
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Water softening systems are one of the most common water treatment units installed in residential properties. If you have an abundance of hard minerals in your water, it can affect quality, taste, and how the water performs. Here are a few misconceptions about these valuable systems. 

Misconception: All city water is already softened so you don't need a softener. 

It is quite rare for city-provided water to be treated with a water-softening process. Even though the water-softening process is relatively inexpensive on a small-scale basis, it could be expensive to treat the many gallons of water distributed to an entire community. Therefore, it is more probable that the water coming from your tap supplied by the local water company contains a high level of hard minerals. 

Misconception: Water softeners and water purifiers are the same things. 

Water softeners are designed to neutralize hard elements like calcium and magnesium. Water purifiers remove contaminants from the water like dirt and sediment. It is true that a purifier could remove some of the larger particles in hard water, but it cannot neutralize the tiniest particles that would pass through a general filtration system. If you have a water purification system, it is very possible to still have issues with hard water. 

Misconception: Water softeners pull minerals from the water that are good for the body.

Contrary to popular belief, the minerals in hard water are not quite the same as the minerals that you would find in your food. In fact, hard water minerals are in a more solid-state, which means they do not get broken down and absorbed by the body in the same way. With that being stated, it is easier to understand that removing calcium and magnesium deposits from your water will not make it less healthy. 

Misconception: You can't install a water softener if you rent your home. 

You can still have a water softening system if you rent your home in most cases. The system itself is removable with just a few tools, so you can take it with you when or if you move out. If you are having the system installed professionally, the contractor may require written permission from your landlord for installation. Even if you are installing the system yourself, it is best to clear the idea with the property owner and let them know you are not making permanent changes to the home's water system. 

To learn more information about water softeners, reach out to a plumber near you.