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If you’ve lived in southern Alberta for any amount of time, you’ve probably come to realize just how hard and mineralized our water can get. Luckily, we’ve found the solution to your problems – it’s a water softener. Essentially a softener removes all of the unwanted minerals like calcium and magnesium and leaves behind the “softer water”. This has many benefits, not only for your skin and hair, but also for your plumbing systems!
Some of these benefits include:
- Removes calcium deposits in hot water tank
- Can increase efficiency of hot water tank
- Decreased scale build-up in water lines
- Save money on monthly energy bills
- Softer clothes and whites stay whiter
- Can preserve small appliances life span
- Gives a soft smooth feeling to skin and hair
Water softeners can filter out certain odours and tastes caused from different minerals in your water, such as sulphur and iron. Depending on the number of people in your household and their average water consumption, the size of the softener and the quantity of the grains of salt in the system can vary. You want to make sure that you are getting the appropriately-sized softener to avoid many common problems, such as clogging the resin tank at a faster rate than normal.
Contrary to popular belief, although rock salt is the cheapest form of salt you can buy for your water softener, it isn’t actually the top choice for preserving the longevity of your plumbing system.
The three main forms of softening salts
- Rock Salt (salt found in dried-up lake beds)
- Solar Salt (salt evaporated from seawater)
- Evaporated salt (refined salts such as table salt)
Ideally, the best type of salt to use in a water softening system is evaporated salt because it is absorbed into the system without complication. Having said that, it can also be the most expensive salt to buy in large quantities. Using rock salt can save you some money, but it is also the least soluble of the three types of salt and can lead to the build-up of non-soluble material.