Hate that Slick Slimy Feel?
Professional water softeners of today do not produce that slick slimy feel that many consumers either love or hate. In fact, it is not uncommon for us to receive a call from a customer that recently had one of our softeners installed, saying that they don’t think the water is soft because it doesn’t have the same feel they remember. We will send them out a couple of water hardness test strips to make sure the water softener is working correctly and never hear from them again… water was soft, just didn’t have the feeling that the old softening system produced.
Don’t Want to Deal with All of That Salt?
It wasn’t too long ago that water softeners for an average family of four would use 6-8 bags of salt a month. With today’s equipment, we will use about 1 bag of salt, which needless to say is a huge reduction in the amount of salt required to operate a softener. The salt container or brine tank will hold 6 bags or enough to operate the softener for about 6 months, and only requires adding salt a couple of times a year. Want to make it completely maintenance-free – put the gardener in charge.
Salt in the Water is Unhealthful
The salt or sodium is used periodically to clean the water softening media from the calcium and magnesium that has been removed from the water. All three elements are effectively then rinsed down the drain, the salt isn’t continually added to the water or left in the tank to go into the home. There is a negligible amount of sodium that will be released as the calcium and magnesium are attracted out of the water. This amount is generally less than the amount of naturally occurring sodium that we already have in our water supply. Using average Southern California hard water as a guide, 2 quarts of softened water will contain about 150 mgl of sodium. Other foods to compare 1 tbsp of catsup 178 mgl – 1 serving of the following – plain yogurt 159 mgl – chicken noodle soup 850 mgl – cheerios 284 mgl – green beans 354 mgl – (10) pretzels 1029 mgl. As you can see the amount of sodium introduced is a negligible amount compared to the sodium we receive from other foods in our diet.
Still not convinced? With our equipment, you can use potassium instead of salt to operate the water softener. Potassium is available at all home improvement stores, located in the same area as the water softener salt.
My City Doesn’t Allow Water Softeners
The only city in Southern California that has restrictions on water softeners is Santa Clarita.
So, there you have it – the honest information regarding the owning and operating of a water softener in your home. You now know why we will always recommend a water softener for hard water problems. It’s presently the only way to effectively soften the water in your home.