As you probably have figured out hard water can be a nuisance. While this type of water is rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, it is not good for home use. There are plenty of reasons why hard water is not good for home use. First, it leads to damage of your home’s plumbing and secondly it leaves a white residue on your utensils. Like you I have had to deal with hard water issues in my home. However, I have dealt with these issues and below are some of the steps I took in my quest to rid myself of hard water.
Testing the water hardness
The first thing I did was to test the hardness of the water I use. This entailed using a water hardness test kit. Similar to many other test kits, the one I used measured water hardness in grains per gallon. According to statistics, the average home uses 100 gallons of water a day. In my case I found the water hardness to be 9 per gallon. The purpose of measuring the hardness of the water was to know the kind of softener I needed.
Buying the water softener
To find the right softener to use, I multiplied the water hardness rate per gallon by the number of gallons I use in a day. This gave me the number of grains that a softener needs to soften per day. In my case, the water consumption stood at 300 gallons per day. When multiplied by 9 the result was 2700 grains per day. This meant that I had to get a water softener that was in the 2700 grain range.
Type of softener
The next step was to choose the right water softener type to buy. Softeners come in two categories salt based and non-salt based. For purposes of efficiency, I always go for salt-based softeners that add sodium or potassium ion into the water. Based on research I settled on sodium chloride softener. The benefits of sodium chloride softeners is that they are more common and efficient that potassium softeners. This type of ion exchange softeners adds a little bit of salt into the water, which replaces the calcium and magnesium ions that cause water hardness. It is important to note that potassium ion exchange softeners are not safe to use for everyone. People with kidney problems should not consume potassium. Also, there are certain medications that do not go well with intake of potassium.
There are all kinds of water softeners out there. However, I settled on one that refills automatically. This softener is better since it ensures that hard water does not get you off guard. My advice to anyone looking to buy a water softener is to check the softener’s information or details. The information that manufacturers provide on the packaging of these tools will help you know if it is the right one for you. There are some softeners that can be set at specific times of the week. Irregardless of the type of softener you select, it is important to get one that is suited to your water hardness issue