Common Questions From New Water Softener Buyers

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If you've recently discovered that your home has hard water, you may be considering installing a water softener. These are pretty common devices, and they can make a significant difference in the level of minerals in your water. However, if you are unfamiliar with them, there are many questions that you may be asking. Here's a look at some of the most common questions asked both when considering and while using a water softener. 

Is Softened Water Safe For Those On Low-Sodium Diets?

Knowing that a water softener relies on sodium to eliminate minerals, those on low-sodium diets may wonder if adding one could pose a health concern. In fact, the amount of sodium that's absorbed by the water is minimal, so you can still use softened water safely. The point of the sodium is simply to neutralize the mineral content, not to actually add any significant salinity to the water.

In addition, if you are on a low-sodium diet, you can opt for a water softener that uses potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride. Both serve the same function. You'll find that potassium chloride costs a little bit more, but it will help you to minimize your sodium exposure if your doctor has concerns.

What Kind Of Salt Should You Use?

There are many different kinds of salt on the market, and things like rock salt are much cheaper than softener-grade products. Unfortunately, trying to save money by using rock salt in your softener will actually cost you more in the long run because you'll risk damaging the system. You should always use a softener-grade salt in your system because it's been processed to eliminate the materials that are not water-soluble. That means that the salt will break down the way that it's supposed to, which rock salt and other salt products will not.

How Often Do You Add Salt?

The frequency of the salt addition will vary widely based on your water consumption and the level of minerals in your water. Check the salt level on a regular basis, at least every couple of weeks. If the salt level is low, add more.  In addition, if you notice that the salt is clumping when you check it, you'll need to break it up, clean it out, and add fresh salt.

Where Does Discharged Brine Go?

You might think that you can just dump the discharged brine out in your yard to get rid of it. While you can dispose of it this way, you shouldn't do it without diluting it heavily with water. The salt concentration in the brine will kill your grass and other plants if you don't dilute it before you dump it.

If you have more questions about water softeners, contact companies like American Water Treatment.


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