A water conditioner is an alternative to a water softener. Both can mitigate the damage hard water does to plumbing. However, water conditioners offer some added benefits over softeners. The best choice for your home will depend on several factors. Therefore, you should ask for a professional opinion from a water treatment installation expert before choosing the best way to control hard water in your home.
Four-Step Filtration System
The first four steps of the water conditioning system involve filtering out various unwanted components from the water. Multiple filters work to remove metals, chlorine, chloramines, arsenic, fluoride, chromium, and other unwanted chemicals, including potentially carcinogenic ones. The thorough filtration process produces water that tastes like bottled water for a fraction of the cost. After filtering the water, it goes through a conditioning process.
Water Conditioning vs. Water Softening
Water softeners use a method of ion exchange to remove calcium and magnesium from the water. The water flows over the active portion of the exchanger. Inside this portion are components that attract positively charged ions. A rinse of salt water coats these particles with positive sodium ions from the salt. When the hard water flows over these particles, the calcium and magnesium in the water swap places with the sodium on the components. The softened water now has a small amount of sodium but no minerals that cause hard water problems.
Water conditioners don’t exchange ions. Instead, they treat the water to reduce the effects of the hard water minerals on your plumbing. While you have fewer impacts to your plumbing from the hard water minerals, you may still have some hard water stains or minor scaling. However, these issues will be reduced compared to before you had conditioned water.
Benefits of Water Conditioners
A water conditioner offers the benefit of bottled water taste from every tap in your home. Plus, you can reduce hard water and scale buildup. This system also works to reduce chlorides in the water, which can lead to pinhole leaks in copper piping.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of a water conditioner is the need to never refill them with salt. Therefore, you don’t have to make regular trips to the hardware store for large bags of salt for your water treatment system.
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Find out more about how to have a water conditioner installed in your home. You can also find out whether you will benefit more from a water conditioner or a water softener. Contact us at Oceanus to schedule a visit from one of our water treatment experts.