I just bought a home in the southwest USA and the water quality is bad. The water is very calcium mineral rich and has chlorine. It makes all the shower heads and the faucets have a white hard calcium coating. I believe this is hurting my plumbing and makes it hard to clean anything without leaving water spots. Is there a way to somehow make the water run through a water filter before it comes into my house? Is there a solution to removing the hard water or a way to “soften” the water?
To completely remove hard water, minerals, magnesium, calcium, and chlorine coming into your home, you need to install a water softener. This will filter your water so the minerals are removed before it gets to your showers, ice maker, faucets, dishwasher, and washing machine. A water softener will make it so the water in your home does not leave hard water spots anymore. It will leave your skin soft after a shower too!
How Does a Water Softener Work?
A water softener works by taking out the minerals (magnesium and calcium). When the outside water enters through it, the hard water goes through the resin bed, it removes the hard ions and adds soft ions. This results in only the “softened” water entering your homes plumbing. This is all done with salt. When the resin bed fills with the hardened minerals, it needs to be cleaned out and the salt is replaced with new.
A water softener not only removes the hard minerals, but it can be said it “cleans” your water too. If you want clean drinking water, you can also install an RO (reverse osmosis) water filter. An RO water system can be installed under your kitchen sink with its own water dispenser. An RO water system filters out any further chemicals and turns the water into super clean drinking water. Many bottling companies use RO systems for bottled water and carbonated beverages. An RO water system can be installed in a couple hours and NO MORE BOTTLED WATER TO BUY AND LUG AROUND!
How A Water Softener Works!
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