Do You Need a Pre-Filter for Your Water Softener?

Many people considering the installation of a water softener may be wondering if they need a pre-filter. Perhaps those that already have a water softener are considering installing a pre-filter, but are unsure about the need for one. The need for a pre-filter is largely dependent upon the quality of water coming into your home. Let’s take a closer look at why a pre-filter installed before your water softener may be exactly what you need.

Get Your Water Tested:

Before you go any further, it’s a good idea to get your water tested first by a local water treatment specialist. Many companies offer a free water test; this should come with no strings attached, and you should not bow to any pressure to make a purchase. Use a local water professional with a solid reputation that will offer good advice and not make you feel uncomfortable. This water test will give you an accurate result and good idea of what equipment you will need to get the best quality water. If your water supply has a high level of sediment, dirt, and debris, these particles can cause problems for your water treatment equipment.Do You Need a Pre-Filter for Your Water Softener?

Why a Pre-Filter is a Great Option:

A pre-filter is a great companion to use with a water softener in a whole house system. The pre-filter can remove the contaminants that a water softener cannot, and together they can be very effective. A good pre-filter can remove contaminants, such as fine particulates, suspended particles, dirt and sand, insoluble manganese and iron, organic and inorganic substances and chlorine.

Sand, Dirt, and Sediment in Water:

Some people have water coming into their home that is hazy, cloudy or milky in appearance. This water will contain substances, such as sand, dirt, sediment, silt, clay, industrial waste, and organic pollutants, that is coloring the water. A pre-filter as the name suggests will prevent those particles from entering the water supply in your home. This will make the water cleaner and also prevent those particles from damaging your water softener and installed filtration media. Cleaner water will also protect any water using appliances that you have installed in your home.

Colored Stains in Your Home:

Some people notice unusual red colored stains in their tubs and sinks after they have been used. This is usually an indication that there is high iron content in the water from sources, such as cast iron pipes, galvanized iron and steel fixtures in the home. Another common color of stain encountered is black or dark brown stains from manganese. A water softener is not designed to handle undissolved deposits of iron or manganese. A whole house particle filter is the best solution to deal with the reduction or elimination of insoluble iron and manganese particles in your water supply. This filter will also act as the pre-filter for your home and offer the added benefits discussed earlier for protecting your water softener and other water treatment equipment.

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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