Mineral-laden water is a problem for many homeowners. According to information provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), water that has more 61-120 milligrams per liter of calcium carbonate and magnesium is considered to be moderately hard water and water having 121-180 mg/L is classified as very hard.
Hard water can cause a build up on fixtures, tile, shower doors, and even inside of appliances and plumbing. This build up, sometimes called lime scale, forces homeowners to spend additional time and money on cleaning, plumbing, and appliance repair and replacement. If you are living in a home with hard water, a filtration system can be the answer you need.
Salt water softeners
Salt-type water softeners have been the answer in previous decades for homeowners seeking relief from hard water issues. These appliances use salt in a brine tank to force an ion exchange that depletes calcium and magnesium from water, restoring its softness.
There are a number of possible issues with using a salt-water softener. These include the need to regularly buy salt for the system and frequent maintenance needs. Additionally, many people have valid concerns about using softened water due to the increased sodium content after treatment.
Salt-free water softeners
A more recently available option is the salt-free water filtration system. Because these systems require no added salt, they can be significantly less expensive to use over time. Instead of bulky tanks and controls, a salt-free water filtration system is usually comprised of just one long, cylindrical component and use electricity or magnets to neutralize mineral content, instead of added salt.
The calcium and magnesium are not actually removed from the water when using a salt-free water filtration system. Instead, the use of electricity or magnets change them to a form that does not readily stick to surfaces, helping homeowners experience far less annoying lime scale build up.
The only real drawback to a salt-free water filtration system is that it can take longer to work than a salt-added water softener. For many homeowners, this problem is easily offset by the ease of installation, lack of requirement for purchasing salt, and less need for additional maintenance over the period of usage.
To learn more about how salt-free water filtration systems compare to salt-added system and the benefits both can have for your home and family, take time to discuss your needs and concerns with a reputable local water softener sales and service specialist near you.