If your home has hard water, you may be thinking about installing a water softener. The minerals in hard water often build up within the plumbing system, causing problems such as scale buildup in pipes, low water pressure, hard water stains and limescale.
The goal of water softeners is to remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the water. Salt is used in the process. The resin created by eliminating hard minerals is cleansed by the salt.
Limits exist as to the amount of salt that can be used to soften the water. The harder the water is, the more salt that is needed. Therefore, extremely hard water typically leads to an excess in the amount of salt needed.
It is recommended that a separate drinking water filter tap is set up in the kitchen to provide filtered drinking water within the safety limits.
Taste Test. Whether or not you choose to drink soft water instead of hard water is a personal decision. Advocates exist on both sides of the water hardness issue, so it is easy to find someone who agrees with your decision. Most people make their decision based on the taste of their water. Soft water tastes much different than hard water. If you prefer the taste of hard water but want to install a water softener for the health of your plumbing system, simply have a tap for hard water installed.
Cautions for Soft Water
It is recommended not to use soft water in food preparation for infants younger than six weeks. The kidneys of infants are not fully formed, and the added salt found in softened water is not good for them. Additionally, individuals on a low-salt diet should avoid drinking soft water due to the salt content.
If you are considering having a water softener installed, request a consultation with the water treatment specialist. You will be able to have your questions answered so that you can make an informed decision.
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