Considering a Water Softener? Dispelling the Common Myths

Considering a Water Softener? Dispelling the Common Myths

If you’re thinking about how to improve your water quality, you may have considered a water softener. Unfortunately, there are many myths about water softeners that have been floating around for years, making it difficult to determine if you’re making the right choice. So, here we’ll dispel some of the common myths you’re likely to encounter when considering a water softener.

You Can’t Drink Softened Water 

This is a very common myth, and it is based on the mistaken belief that softened water is salty. You may have heard that water softeners leave a lot of sodium in treated water. While sodium is used in the ion exchange process, there are only trace amounts in softened water. When your water softener is properly working, you can expect between 75 and 100 milligrams of sodium in a quart of water, which is considered to be low sodium.

You Can’t Rinse Soap Properly When Bathing in Softened Water

One of the most obvious things you’re likely to notice after installing a water softener is how the water feels differently when bathing. Hard water minerals interfere with soap and shampoo lathering, but if you’ve only ever bathed in hard water, you may be used to using more products. While you may not notice it, these excessive amounts of soap can leave a film on your skin. Bathing in softened water not only means using less soap, but it makes it easier to rinse compared to hard water. You’re likely to find that your skin has a “slippery” feeling that is actually your body’s natural moisturizing agents being able to do their job properly.

Water Softeners Waste Water and Money

Water softeners are one of the only household appliances that can save money. A softener will help you to decrease the amounts of cleaning chemicals, laundry detergents, and soaps, but it can also reduce your water heating bills. Additionally, water softeners can help to extend the lifespan of all your water using appliances, as they will no longer be compromised by scale accumulation.

A Water Softener Will Remove Healthy Nutrients From the Water

Since calcium and magnesium are essential nutrients for the body, it can seem logical that removing from the water could be a bad thing. Unfortunately, this is a myth. Calcium and magnesium are hard water minerals, which are removed during softening, but when these nutrients are in water, they are not easy for the body to digest. This means that the calcium and magnesium removed from your water is not the same form that you will find in dietary supplements or your food.

If you’re still unsure whether a water softener is the best option for your home, you should speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified technician can not only assess your water quality, but guide you through the treatment options that are most appropriate to your requirements and meet or even possibly exceed the industry guidelines to ensure that you and your family enjoy fantastic water quality.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.

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