When your water is ‘hard’, it contains minerals such as manganese, magnesium carbonate and calcium. These minerals won’t hurt you, but over time, they can buildup in your home’s appliances and pipes. The buildup can eventually clog your pipes, and it can shorten the lifespan of an appliance such as a hot water heater. A Water Softener White Lake MI helps to dissolve the minerals, and it can reduce the harmful buildup.

Measuring the Hardness of Your Water

Before buying a water softener, you’ll need to find out just how hard your water is. You can hire a company to do the test, or you can buy a kit and do it yourself. Most test kits come with strips, which turn a certain color depending on the level of minerals present. Water hardness is typically measured in GPG, or grains per gallon.

Softener Capacity and Size

Your water softener should be large enough to meet your family’s needs, but not so big that you’re paying for capacity you don’t need. Water softeners exchange salt for the minerals dissolved in your water, and they need to periodically recharge to remove the minerals. To determine your needs, multiply your household size by 75 (the amount of water in gallons that the average person uses per day). Multiply that number by the GPG to find the right capacity and size.

Dual Tank Softening Systems

Most water softeners have a tank to hold the mineral-removing materials. Hard water flows in, and soft water comes out. Another tank holds salt water used during recharging to remove minerals from the softening material. During a recharge, the Water Softener White Lake MI is turned off. A dual tank setup will give you softened water at all times, but if your water needs are greater, a small dual tank unit is an economical choice.

Saltless Softeners

A water softener doesn’t need much salt, but if you’re trying to cut down on sodium, you may want a different kind of softener such as a potassium chloride unit. Reverse osmosis filters on your taps are another option, or you can ask your installer to set up the softener so it only works on the hot water lines.