Water softeners are one of the best ways to soften hard water, and as a company that specializes in installing water softeners in Minnetonka, we wanted to take the time to answer some questions we hear a lot about these systems.
Q: How do water softeners work?
Waters softeners work using a simple ion exchange process. The hard water is run through special filters and membranes that remove minerals. These minerals are the cause of hard water problems. The two main minerals water softeners remove are magnesium and calcium. While these two minerals are important for your health, when they are found in water, that is not the best and most effective way for your body to absorb them and benefit from them.
Q: How do I know what size and what kind of water softener is best for my home?
When you call us here at Haferman Water Conditioning, we will come to your home and talk to you about the water softeners we have available. Depending on the size of your home and your family’s water usage, we will recommend a water softener that will fit your home and will meet your family’s water needs. Other factors include how many minerals are present in your water and your home’s flow rate, which is based on how many people live in your home.
Q: How long do water softeners last?
Most water softeners will last many years. Brands like Kinetico can last for a long time, and these types of water softeners generally do not need a lot of repairs or maintenance.
Q: What is hard water?
Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. While it is not dangerous for humans or pets to drink, hard water can cause a variety of problems for your water-using appliances, plus you will notice other issues, like white spots on clean dishes and drinking glasses, soap scum and scaling in your bathroom and cloudy ice cubes. While none of this is life-threatening, they can be nuisances. Hard water is easily treated and turned into soft water when water softeners are used.
Q: Why is Kinetico such a great brand?
Haferman Water Conditioning is an authorized Kinetico dealer, and we love this brand because we feel they are the best bang for your buck. They run via kinetic energy, so you will not see an increase in your utility bills after you have one of these water softeners installed.