Water Softener Systems

The Primary Purpose Of A Water Softener

Although hard water is beneficial to humans, plants and animals it creates problems with build up of calcium and magnesium (scale) in plumbing pipes and appliances as well as hot water heaters which cost Americans hundreds of millions of dollars each year. There are also negative effects for humans as calcium can stick to our hair and skin. The primary purpose of a water softener – built into your home or building water system – is to counter act the negative effects of hard water.

There are four primary methods used to soften water and they have their pros and cons. Many people are unaware of the different methods for softening water and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The four types are:

  • Salt-free Softeners
  • Salt-based
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Magnetic

Here are some of the key factors related to each type:

  • Softening Method
  • Use with City Water or Well Water
  • Price to Install
  • Flow Rate
  • Maintenance
  • Ease of Use
  • Monthly Cost
  • Pressure Loss
  • Electrical Requirements
  • Scale Removal
  • Warranty of System
  • Hardness Capacity

Please feel free to contact Ottauquechee Plumbing & Heating to discuss your water softening needs and the best approach to reach a solution as there are many benefit to using a water softening system.