From protecting your pipes and fixtures, to keeping your clothes softer and durable, the benefits of installing a soft water at your home are very impressive. Water softeners remove minerals (magnesium and calcium) that cause hardness from your water. However, there’re different claims and myths about water softeners out there. So which one should you believe? Well, below are the 5 water softener facts that you should know.

1. Softeners increase salt concentration on your water

Most water softeners remove minerals from your water through a process known as ion exchange. In fact, these hard minerals and dissolved solids are replaced with sodium ions. Nevertheless, trace amounts of sodium chloride (salt) are left behind, and to some extent baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) during the process. 

Moreover, the keyword here is “trace”. This is because the levels of sodium left in the water are so minimal that can’t be detected by simply tasting the water. According to Mayo Clinic, such small amounts of sodium can’t even lead to any form of health risks.

2. Soft water doesn’t leave any film on your skin

When you switch from hard to soft water, you’ll immediately notice an alien feeling on your skin when showering. That is because you’re most likely used to the dry and scaly feeling after using hard water thanks to the dissolved minerals. 

When using soft water, the hair and the skin will feel less dried out and softer. It’s however not a surprise that you might feel no difference at all. This is because the feeling is dependent on the amount of dissolved minerals present in the hard water you were using before the switch.

3. Water softener doesn’t remove all iron types

Some aquifers contain iron algae/iron bacteria, ferric iron, as well as ferrous iron. It’s however important to note that softeners only treat iron when in ferrous state. For the iron algae and the ferric iron, other treatment methods are well suited. 

That said, your certified water treatment specialist will first of all determine what type of iron is present in the water. He/she will then proceed to prescribe the best solution depending on the specific water quality. Be careful not to end up with a spoilt softener if iron algae/iron bacteria aren’t treated before the softening process.

4. Where does your unit backwash?

Have you ever wondered about your water softener’s salty backwash? Well, the backwash from your home’s water softener system goes to either a septic tank or a drain field. Don’t worry because recent studies have revealed that this regeneration process doesn’t interfere with percolation. 
To add on this, you can use the available options if you’re concerned about the salt water effects of solid separation on your septic tank. You could run a separate line or drywell connecting the treatment discharge and the drain field.

5. Water softeners doesn’t remove any essential mineral

It has been known for a long time that soft water doesn’t contain important minerals our bodies need. Although your unit does remove hard minerals such as magnesium, iron, and calcium from water, our bodies still absorb these minerals the same way. This is to mean, we can still get plenty of these minerals from the foods we consume regularly. That is why this is something that rarely concerns most nutritionists.


So did this insightful post tame most of your fears about water softeners? To sum it up, there are so many benefits both medically and economically of installing a fully functioning water softener system to your home. Feel free to read and leave us your reviews about this article in the comments section below.

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