Everybody realizes the dangers of using low-quality water in everyday life. It’s a common known statement that a large portion of our illnesses come into organism via drinking or somehow contacting with polluted water (or moist). Even if the water doesn’t affect our health directly (for example, we don’t drink it but use for watering plants or washing), there are many factors dependent on the water condition. Many water treatment systems were invented over last decades, such as water pumps, filters, ionizers, softeners, decontaminators etc. Each of them has their distinct purpose, but all of them have a job of improving the quality of water we use. Some make the water cleaner and healthier, while the others aim at giving it required features or removing unwanted contents. In this article we will discuss the purpose and the use of water softener systems.
You can remember from school course of Chemistry that there exists such concept as water softness and hardness. Principally, the term “hard water” relates to the liquid solution of water and rather big portions of calcium and magnesium. You can relax for now, hard water makes no harm to our organisms, but there is still the reason why water softener systems can be necessary. You see, the hardness of water defines its capacity of foam formation. You may be amazed, but if you try to wash your hands with a soap bar under the stream of rather hard water, you won’t be able to produce any foam and thus the cleaning procedure will require significantly more efforts. Another important thing is that hard water can be threatening to the condition of water heating devices, especially if they use opened heating elements. Ask any experienced water devices technician about what they saw trying to fix old water boilers, heating tanks etc. Obviously, hard water will leave huge amounts of lime on the walls of tank where it is heated thus decreasing the device’s performance drastically as the time goes by. And of course every family has a washing machine or dishwasher. Similarly to what we have discussed, these machines are likely to fail their programs if input water will be hard (preventing the foam from being formed).
The basic point of using water softener systems is to protect other devices that use water. But it’s not their only function. At the market we can see water softeners that offer additional water filtering, which is a good choice if tap water in your location is far from clean.
Water softener systems output soft water, which is basically good but do not overlook the advantages/disadvantages that characterize each different type of softener. A system that is based on salt usage drains huge amount of salty waste water, which is rather not eco-friendly. No salt water softener systems make a decent job on softening as well, but cost slightly higher. If you are up to the most expensive systems you may be intrigued by softening system called kinetico. Kinetico softening system is special in the way that they need no external electricity supply to run! Such water softener systems can work using potassium chloride instead of salt, too. One more type of system will be appropriate for those conditions where water is not too hard – it is electromagnetic/osmosis reversed softener device that incorporates magnets for the purpose of removal of the minerals contained in water.
You may be curious about what is the cheapest water softener available? The answer you probably heard on TV many times. It is chemical solution known as Calgon. Yes, it can be called a water softener since it softens the water after solving in it.