Although the ion exchange water softener has been a popular and cheap solution to hard water for decades, it's not actually the only option. Mildly hard water can be filtered using a reverse osmosis filtration system if you're willing to replace the semi-permeable membrane often, and if you don't want to actually remove the minerals, you can try using magnets to reduce scale or investing in a water conditioner that uses chelation to prevent or reduce limescale buildup. Here are three reasons you may wish to choose one (or a combination of) these other options.
1. "Hard water" minerals are non-toxic and may be healthful
Although calcium and magnesium inclusions in the water can indeed cause odd, inconvenient, and even harmful limescale buildup in plumbing fixtures, they're actually not bad for your health. Not all experts agree on whether you can actually digest these beneficial minerals in this form, but some think you can, so you may even be getting nutrition from your hard water. Of course, not all naturally occurring substances and minerals are harmless; some other relatively minerals, such as iron, may occur along with the characteristic "hard water" minerals, but if you have radon gas or arsenic or even just too much salt in your well water, that's a totally different story and you should get your water treated right away.
2. A softener can damage your septic system
The traditional ion exchange softener used by so many thousands of people across the country is dependent on being recharged by salt every so often. The salt is necessary because sodium ions are what the softener exchanges for calcium and magnesium ions, and after exchanging most of its sodium ions away, the mechanism needs to be replenished with more sodium ions. This is done by flushing the system with way more salt than it actually needs so it will be sure to absorb enough. Unfortunately, all the unused salt then goes down the drain, and if you have a septic system, an occasional bag of salt down the drain can cause unfortunate consequences. Contact a plumbing company like ANDERSEN PLUMBING if excess salt causes problems with your plumbing.
Using enormous quantities of salt that way and then sending them down the drain doesn't do many favors for the environment either. If you have a septic tank with a leach field, you may realize that the more salt you dump into the ground, the more likelihood there is that some of it will end up in your water reservoir eventually. And even if you don't have a septic tank, all the wastewater that goes down the sewer has to end up somewhere eventually, and when it gets released into the environment, all that salt may help disrupt the balance of the local ecosystems.
These three reasons show that an ion exchange water softener isn't always the best choice, and that if you're worried about its environmental effects or if you'd like to have the option of possibly reaping health benefits from the harmless minerals in your water, you may wish to choose another option.Share
14 November 2016
Having a clogged sink, toilet or shower drain is bad. However, you may feel the problem is worse if you don't have a plunger or snake. But what many people do not realize is that there are many items they have in their home that they can use to remove a clog from a drain. A wire hanger or baking soda and vinegar can both be used to free these clogs. My name is Mark and my goal with this website is to educate people on ways to remove clogs so they do not have to call a plumber for something minor that they can do themselves. Just remember that sometimes a plumber will know best, so don't be too stubborn.