From washing clothes and dishes to bathing and drinking, the average home goes through a lot of water every single day. But what would you do if we told you that your water may not be as clean as you think it is? If you’re noticing that there are water stains in your sink, your water has a funky aftertaste, and/or your clothes aren’t getting clean, then chances are you have hard water in your home.

Hard water means that your water supply is high in mineral deposits, especially calcium and magnesium ions. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon, with a degree of hardness ranging from one to over 10. However, no matter the hardness level, it’s crucial that you invest in a water filtration system to ensure your water is as clean as can be. Here we answer some common questions about water softeners in the home.

How does this filtration system work?
Inside the filter, there is a special resin that will remove hard particles of lime and calcium from your home’s water supply. This happens via an ion exchange, where the resin has an opposite electrical charge than the incoming water. The electrical charge difference causes the water particles to cling to the filter, which then removes the impurities and makes the water soft again.

Will a softener make my water safe to drink?
No. This is a job for your municipal water authorities, as your water has to be safe to drink before it can go through the softener. This is because a filtration system will not remove bacteria, just the excess minerals.

Will my softener remove the odor and bad taste from my water?
No. Again, just like a water softener cannot remove bacteria from your water, it will not be able to remove the contaminants that cause the taste or odor problems. This is because these problems are typically caused by hydrogen sulfide or bleach, elements that are not removed via an ionized process. But they can be removed by a water filter, so it’s common for most homes to invest in both.

In our next blog, we will continue to answer some commonly asked questions about water softeners and residential filtration systems. Stay tuned and your home will have the cleanest water possible.