Soft water refers to either natural or treated water that has no significant amounts of dissolved compounds and minerals such as magnesium and calcium. Soft water produces lather easily upon addition of little amounts of a detergent or soap. Soft water is good for domestic uses, as it does not form scales in kettles, heaters or boilers. Medics, however, discourage its use for consumption because it is linked to higher incidences of coronary diseases.
Why do I need a softener?
Equipping your home with a water softening system has many benefits. Piped water supplied by companies or water from underground sources contains varying amounts of dissolved minerals such as magnesium, lead, iron and sulfur. Using a softener has the following advantages.
- Laundry and garment care
Washing your clothes with soft water leaves them cleaner, whiter, softer and colors will appear brighter. It also increases the lifespan of your clothes and the washing machine.
- Bathing and showering
While in the bathroom, the shampoo and soap you use will rather well in a short time and with less effort. Your skin also feels soft, but not dry. Showers, tubs, toilets and sinks will also have less soap grime and scum.
- Glassware and dishwashing
Dishes are easier to clean when using soft water. They are left spot-free and sparkling clean. Additionally, your hands will feel soft because the water is friendly to the skin. Dishwashers will also last long.
- Eliminates scale on piping and plumbing
Over time, it is common to find scale-forming clogs on plumbing. As clogs develop, there is restriction of water flow and its pressure reduces significantly. A softener will eliminate all such problems.
How do I install a Water Softener?
Installing water softer requires one to follow a simple procedure. Depending on the complexity of the system or your home compound, you can do it yourself or request services from local plumbing experts. Here are a few steps to follow when installing it yourself:
- Choose a softener and location; before purchasing the water softener, you should know the amount of water you will be using every day. Select a level and dry location away from direct sunshine. Let the area be near to an electrical outlet.
- Close the water system and drain the lines using a faucet at the lowest and highest points of the house
- Close the water heater valve and turn off its power supply.
- Make connections of the new water lines
- Install a remote bypass that will control whether water goes into the softener or it bypasses it.
- Apply flux to the pipes’ ends and connect fittings to the
- Open the stop valves to check if there are any leaks.
- Install the drain line by removing the barbed fittings situated on the tanks controls.
- Follow the drain line and local drainage codes.
- Install the brine line and run it to the resin tank.
- Connect drain tubes and shut the bypass.
- Finally, add salt to the brine to finish the installation process.
A high-quality water softener can last for many years. Those installed in the 80s are still perfect in their operation. All they require is maintenance and replenishment with salt. Softening does not deprive water its essential minerals, but eliminates only those elements associated with hardness.