Soap and shampoo not lathering well in the shower? Skin and hair dry and itchy? Spots all over your dishes? Clean laundry not looking its best? Coffee pot full of scaly crud?
If you’re dealing with any or all of these issues around the house, chances are that hard water is to blame.
Water softeners literally soften water, by removing certain minerals. In most cases, this means excess calcium and other minerals, which are naturally occurring elements often found in well water, but also present in many municipal water supplies. While these minerals aren’t necessarily bad for your health, when they build up in your plumbing they cause all sorts of household issues.
Salt water softeners extend the life of your appliances by stopping mineral deposit buildup. They save money, using up to 50% less soap and detergents. Water softener systems keep your hair shiny and soft, keep your skin moisturized, keep your clothes brighter, and make taking showers more enjoyable. Soft water systems are gentle on plumbing and don’t cause rust damage in sinks, tubs, dishwashers, and washing machines.
Single Tank Water Softener
The single tank water softener is the ideal solution for city water applications and can also be effective for certain well water situations.
The most common and conventional type of water softener, is the single tank water softener. It relies on a salt brine, like that salt water you used to gargle for a sore throat when you were a kid. This system works by replacing the hard minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, etc.) for sodium, which is softer. You won’t taste the sodium, of course, but you’ll “feel” it, in terms of better soap lather, softer skin, and cleaner dishes. Salt-based water softeners will also help extend the life of your home’s hot water heater.
Twin Tank Water Softener
The twin tank water softener has the advantage of regenerating with soft water. This softener will give you soft water 24 hours a day and will last much longer than a single tank softener.
Conventional water softeners need to regenerate from time to time. This typically happens overnight when everyone at home is asleep and there is no water demand. If fresh water demand persists in your home at all hours of the day and night, you might want to consider a dual tank system. When one tank is offline regenerating, the other tank kicks in, and vice-versa. Dual tank softeners are handy for larger families or folks who work day and night shifts.