Frequently Asked Questions About Water Softeners in Shelby County, OH

August 2, 2018 7:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have you been considering installing a water filtration system in your home? If so, you’re likely to have a whole lot of questions you’ll want answered. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about water softeners in Shelby County, OH. Here’s some important information for you to know.

Q: What is hard water?

All water naturally has certain minerals in it, like magnesium, calcium and manganese. However, if there is more than one grain of minerals per gallon of water, then it is considered hard. A water professional can test the hardness of your water.

Q: What are some of the drawbacks associated with hard water?

Perhaps the biggest problem caused by hard water is the buildup of scale and mineral deposits inside pipes and plumbing fixtures. When that water gets heated up, those dissolved minerals get re-crystallized and form scales, which get into all appliances that run water, including your dishwasher, washing machine and water heater, ultimately reducing their lifespan.

In your sink or shower, soap will combine with hard water to form a scummy substance that can be hard to get off of the surfaces. It might even form on your skin, and resist coming off with a good rinse.

Q: What are the benefits of using a water softener?

When you soften your hard water, you will not need to use as much detergent in your dishwasher or washing machine, because the chemicals won’t have to work in overdrive to clean your dishes and clothes. The water softeners also reduce spotting and clouding on dishes and glasses, decrease scaling in faucets and plumbing fixtures and clear up any “off” tastes or odors in water caused by the overabundance of mineral deposits.

Q: Why is salt used in water softeners?

Salt gets added into water softeners to regenerate the softener. Its ions attract hard minerals in the water, as well as magnesium and calcium ions, then deposits them on the resin in the water softener. This means the salt ions and mineral ions trade places. If the water is very hard, this means you could end up with as much as 20 to 30 grains of salt per gallon, or an extra 150 to 300 milligrams of salt per quart of water. This equates to the same amount of salt found in a slice of white bread. This is one reason why people on low-sodium diets tend to try to find other solutions to their hard water problems.

Q: Will I need to use a water softener on outside faucets?

You don’t need to use a water softener for outdoor spigots. It can help keep water spots from forming on your car, but it’s not as crucial to soften outdoor water as it is for your indoor water.

For more information about water softeners in Shelby County, OH, including their benefits and the installation process, we encourage you to contact the team at Fogt Water Conditioning today with all of your questions.

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