Several Myths About Water Softener Systems

August 4, 2021 1:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Choosing a water softening system can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve heard myths about water softening. How do you know which systems are right for your household, and which you should avoid? While you can always ask the experts at Fogt Water Conditioning, water softeners are a popular choice throughout the country. Don’t believe the myths—read on to find out the truth behind water softeners, and why they’re so well liked:

  • Myth: Water softeners add salt to your water: While it’s true that water softeners use special salts to remove excess minerals, it’s not true that they create saltwater. Water softeners work by an ion exchange—the special media in the tank is charged with sodium ions to replace calcium and magnesium. You’ll see more sodium in your water, but it’s not excessive. Unless you’re extremely sensitive to sodium, the amount added to the water will not affect your health.
  • Myth: Water softeners purify your water: Water softeners are not the same as water purifiers. Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium, which create hard water. Water purifiers, on the other hand, filter out other contaminants like herbicides, pesticides, bacteria and more. You can get both a water softener and a water purifier for the best quality water.
  • Myth: Soft water leaves a film on your skin: When you have soft water, it often feels more slick or “slimy” than hard water. However, it doesn’t leave a film. It’s the opposite, actually—hard water leaves soap scum on your skin, which gives it that “squeaky clean” feeling.
  • Myth: Water softeners waste water or energy: Water softeners do use a small amount of water in the regeneration process. However, today’s high efficiency models mean that the amount of water wasted is negligible—just enough for regeneration.
  • Myth: Water softeners remove healthy minerals: It’s true that humans need calcium and magnesium for their health—but the type that are in hard water are inorganic minerals. Your body can’t process them the same way as it would with food or supplements. You’re only removing minerals that leave buildup and mineral scale in your plumbing and fixtures.
  • Myth: You don’t need a water softener if you live in the city: Contrary to popular belief, even city water can be hard water. In fact, about 80 percent of municipal water supplies contain hard water. While many people associate the need for water softeners with well water, municipal supplies may require one, too.
  • Myth: Water softeners are prohibitively expensive: If you’re worried you can’t afford a water softener, worry no more. Water softeners might involve an initial investment, but they will save you money on plumbing repairs, appliance replacements, shampoo, soap, laundry detergent and even new clothes. Hard water ruins linens and requires more soap and detergent—why not get a water softener and save your cash?

When you have hard water, a water softener will change your life. Get in touch with Fogt Water Conditioning today to get started with a consultation. We look forward to discussing your options!

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