Softeners, filters, purifiers…what does it all mean? If you have ever been confused about whole-house water treatment, you’re not alone. Here are some of the common misconceptions we encounter.
Myth: Hard Water Can Be Softened Without Salt
Truth: No, and there is no such thing as a saltless water softener. Hard water contains a significant amount of calcium and magnesium which can cause a variety of problems. To soften the water, the calcium and magnesium are removed through a process called ion exchange. No salt filtration systems convert the hard water minerals into micro crystals, which reduces the potential for scale build-up.
Myth: Whole-House Water Treatment Systems Damage Appliances
Truth: A water softener will extend the life and improve the efficiency of your water-using appliances. This is because hard water causes damage to appliances such as water heaters, laundry machines and dishwashers. A 2009 study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation and conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute found that running hard water through water heaters cut efficiency by up to 48 percent.
Myth: Reverse Osmosis Will Solve Everything
Truth: Most reverse osmosis systems only purify water at a point of use, like a kitchen sink. This means other water-using appliances, like your laundry machine, are using raw tap water. If you have hard water, it will still cause damage to your pipes and appliances, make cleaning more difficult and dry your skin and hair.
Still have questions about whole-house water treatment? Contact us today to find the right solution for your water problems.