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What You Need to Know About Water Softeners

Hard water often consists of magnesium and calcium ions, along with sulphates, bicarbonates, and metals. Although not dangerous to human health, it can cause a few problems, like limescale build-up and scaling. Thus, it is a must that you have hard water softened, and the best way to make water softer is by having a machine called a water softener installed for you by no less than a skilled electrician.

A water softener is a system or machine that has to be directly connected to your plumbing system so it can remove the ions, metals, and other compounds which cause water to become hard. It can work in manual, semi-automatic, and automatic modes and are available in many different types, which are highlighted below:

Magnetic Filters
This non-chemical system is very safe for making drinking water soft. It removes impurities and metals from water using a magnetic field, which is created using magnets. This water softener needs to be set up near the source of water.

Shower Filters
These work very well at high flow rates and high temperatures. It makes use of KDF or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion technology, which exchanges electrons with very harmful compounds and contaminants so they are rendered harmless.

Filter Pitchers
A pitcher is a cheap way to purify drinking water for home use. They can remove a lot of harmful contaminants like chlorine, various metals, viruses, and bacteria and are safe to use due to being free of BPA or Bisphenol A.

Filters that work on Reverse Osmosis
Filters which work on reverse osmosis have a membrane made of cellulose acetate, which works on temperatures ranging from ten to thirty degrees Celsius. These are composed of an anthracite filter, sand bed, microfilter, deioniser, chlorinator, and degasifier neutraliser. Depending on how good you want the water to be, you can let untreated water go through any of the aforementioned filtration points.

Softener Salts
In essence, softener salts are zeolite materials. These are placed inside a big tank so the latter can make water cleaner. As the minerals can become saturated soon enough, you have to replace them with fresh ones after some time, lest the tank no longer facilitate the proper softening of water.

For water softener systems to truly work, they have to be properly installed by qualified and skilled plumbers. You can find qualified plumbing professionals through the Yellow Pages, the Internet, or through the recommendations of those you trust.