Many people can relate to the experience of opening up the dishwasher, taking out a glass, and thinking “was this even washed?” because it’s covered in cloudy, white spots. The answer is, yes. It was washed. But if the home is suffering from hard water, it can cause glasses and other dishes in the dishwasher to appear dirty by leaving those stains.

Hard water can hurt a lot of the inner workings of the plumbing system. It can shorten the lifespan of the water heater, leave mineral buildup around faucets, cause sink drains to become sluggish and toilets to flush slower. Hard water also picks up impurities easily and makes a nuisance out of the high mineral levels. This is why a water softener is so critical. It helps to remove mineral buildup and impurities, and it prolongs the life of the plumbing system.

How Does Reverse Osmosis Help?

Reverse osmosis is a type of water filtration system and is growing in popularity among homeowners. This system helps to physically remove contaminants and minerals from the water by pushing them through a filter.

Reverse osmosis is considered to be a more environmentally friendly filtration process because it doesn’t use any chemicals, just a filter. Though the process seems fairly simple, it has dramatic effects on the quality of the water in the home.

It can remove the source of funny-tasting water so it becomes truly tasteless. It also softens the water by removing dissolved minerals. Some minerals can carry odors or strange colors. Reverse osmosis also prevents these from reaching the fixtures of the home by removing the minerals early on.

How Does a Magnetic Water Softener Work?

Think about how magnets work generally. There is a north pole and a south pole of a magnet, where unlike poles attract and like poles repel. And around this magnet is an invisible area of magnetism referred to as a magnetic field.

A magnetic water softener uses this same scientific concept. It passes the water’s hardness through a magnetic field and uses a magnet to pull or alter the ions of minerals.

Though this type of water softener doesn’t remove minerals like calcium and magnesium, it alters them in a way that they cannot scale, minimizing the hardness in the water. This type of water softener is relatively low maintenance and less expensive than others, which makes it a preferred option by many homeowners.

Is Salt-Free a Better Option?

A salt-free water conditioner is another common type of water treatment system that works by crystallizing the minerals found in hard water such as calcium and magnesium.

This crystallization process prevents minerals from adhering to the insides of the plumbing pipes, which reduces buildup and helps to extend the lifetime of the plumbing system.
But like a magnetic water softener, it doesn’t remove these minerals, it just changes their form. Therefore, it acts as more of a water conditioner than a true water softener. On the other hand, a salt-based water softener does remove the minerals and creates softer water.

Finding the right water filtration system for your home starts by understanding what water quality concerns you might have. While hard water is common, it may not be the problem your home is facing. Contact your local plumbing company to learn more about your filtration options, and enjoy a cleaner and safer home in no time.

About Zest Plumbing & Drain

Zest Plumbing & Drain has quickly developed into one of the most trusted plumbing companies in Phoenix, AZ through their commitment to quality customer service. Their plumbing technicians each have 15+ years of industry experience and can solve all your plumbing issues big and small.

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