You have hard water when there are high amounts of mineral salts (including calcium and magnesium ions) located in your water supply. Many parts of the Denver metropolitan area have hard water. To find out whether your home has hard water, call Superior for a free home water evaluation.
What does a water softener do?
In brief, a water softener takes hard water and turns it into soft water. It does this by filtering out the mineral ions that cause hardness and replacing them with the soft potassium ions contained in the softening unit.
Why is soft water so important?
There are a lot of benefits to installing a water softening unit in your home. Firstly, it will decrease the scale buildup in your pipes—which will in turn prolong the lives of your plumbing system and appliances. Additionally, it will become easier to clean things, and you’ll need to use less soap, detergent, shampoo, etc. In short, soft water will save you money!
Does soft water make your skin feel “slimy”?
When you bathe in hot water, a layer of soap scum and minerals will be left behind on your skin. This residue can end up making your skin feel dry and itchy. When you use soft water, on the other hand, you’ll avoid that soapy buildup, and your skin will feel naturally clean and soft. In other words, soft water does not make your skin feel slimy—but it does improve the moisture and softness of your skin!
Is there a difference between a water softener and a purifier?
Yes! Water softeners simply remove the minerals that cause hardness—they do not filter out any other kinds of contaminants. Water purification systems are much more thorough—they filter out chlorine and other contaminants. They will make your water taste great and ensure that it is safe for your family to drink.
If I want both soft and pure water, will I need a water softener and a water purifier?
Ideally, you would have both in your home. You could install a water softener in your utility closet that takes care of hard water while a purifier under your sink would take care of any contaminants so you have safe and great tasting water at all times.
What is reverse osmosis (RO)?
Reverse osmosis is the most effective system of water purification around, which is why it’s what we use in all our water purification products. Water goes through several steps of purification: First, it flows through a carbon pre-filter that gets rid of all the organic contaminants in the water, such as chlorine. Second, it flows through an RO membrane that removes dissolved solids as well as chemical impurities. And since the system is powered by water pressure rather than electricity, it’s very energy-efficient.
What kinds of contaminants does RO get rid of?
There are hundreds of different contaminants that may be affecting your water supply—the process of reverse osmosis will get rid of them all. Some of the most common types that RO eliminates include: Aluminum, Arsenic, Asbestos, Atrazine, Benzene, Chlorides, Chlorine, Copper, Cryptosporidium, Cyanide, Fluoride, Giardia, Lead, Mercury, Nitrates, Radium, Radon, Silver, Sodium, Sulfide, Trichloroethylene, and Total Trihalomethanes.
How long does a reverse osmosis unit last?
Reverse osmosis systems that are well-maintained can last for as long as you live in your house. The reverse osmosis membrane should be replaced every 3-5 years, depending on the frequency and intensity of use.
If you have any other questions, contact the experts at Superior!