If you’re in the market for a water softener, you know the right system will greatly improve water quality throughout your household. The more you know about your options before you buy, the better the investment you will make. It pays, in every sense of the word, to ask a pro. They can answer water treatment questions you might not have thought to ask.
Replacing a water softener is an investment, and you’re certainly not the first person to experience sticker shock. After all, like most appliances, water softener cost varies dramatically, as does water softener quality. You could simply purchase the cheapest unit available, but will that really save you money in the long run? And will it do everything you need?
Before you make your final decision, it’s important to consider all the factors that influence water softener cost. Those same factors also affect water softener performance and longevity.
Seeing standing water in your brine tank can be a little disconcerting. Isn’t it supposed to just be salt? Well, that depends. For some households that don’t go through much water, this can be a common occurrence. Although you may need to add a bag of salt in the near future, it’s nothing to cause alarm.
However, standing water can also be a sign of a problem. The components that regulate water intake might be allowing the tank to overfill, or water is not being drawn down after regeneration. How can you tell? Let’s troubleshoot.
Depending on where you live and the source of your household water, you may notice that your water has a specific “flavor.” For many people, though, the water that comes from their tap tastes metallic. It might be subtle, or it might be very noticeable. But, why do you have metallic tasting water? And, is there anything you can do about it?
Here in Minnesota, our water is naturally hard and we deal with a lot of iced-over sidewalks in the winter. To solve both problems, we need salt. But, is there a difference between the salt you put in your water softener and the salt you sprinkle on your driveway and walkway to melt the ice? Can you use one product for both purposes?
Are you experiencing low water pressure? That’s so frustrating. Did you know your water softener could be the culprit? There are several ways that water softeners can cause low water pressure, so let’s take a look at how you can find and fix water pressure problems.
Any major appliance in your home can break or stop working at any time, including your water softener. If you’re experiencing an issue with your system, here’s a water softener troubleshooting guide to help you identify the problem and either fix it yourself or call a pro. (more…)
There are a number of different water treatment processes you can use to remove unwanted chemicals. Here in Minnesota, one of the most common chemicals we want to get rid of is iron. One way to do that is by using an iron filter. Let’s look at how iron filters work and how that process impacts the quality of our water.
Mineral water. Good stuff, right? A lot of people drink it regularly, as a way to ensure they get vital nutrients. But do you really know how, or if, mineral water benefits you? What about the minerals found in your tap water? Are those good or bad? And what is a mineral, anyway? (more…)
Ugh! One of the disadvantages of having hard water is limescale buildup in your sinks, toilets, tubs, faucets and in places you can’t see. It’s more than ugly. Limescale can reduce the efficiency of your appliances, so they don’t perform well and they wear out faster. It can even peel the chrome off faucets and clog your plumbing.
Fortunately, there are some simple limescale removal options to fix this unattractive situation.