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Brita vs Water Softeners

When assessing how to ensure you're getting the best possible water for your daily household needs, the question of Brita vs water softeners is likely to arise. The truth is, water filtration and water softening are two independent systems that each offer different benefits and rectify separate issues. Continue reading to learn more, and contact the experts at WaterSmart for all additional inquiries.

 

 

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Brita vs Water Softeners

 

While both systems are used for water treatment, Brita filtration targets chemicals and other contaminants in tap water, while water softeners prevent limescale deposits and other problems caused by hard water. Therefore, when looking at Brita vs water softeners, it's important to remember they're two different systems designed to address different issues with water.

 

Let's take a brief look at each and what they can do for your home.

 

 

Brita Water Filtration

 

Brita offers a diverse selection of water filtration systems to ensure you get great tasting filtered water whenever and wherever you want it. As it pertains to home use, Brita uses two main systems: faucet filtration and filter pitchers.

 

Brita Faucet Filtration System Easily Attaches in Minutes

 

The multistage filter reduces chlorine (which affects taste and odour) and lead (which may or may not be present in your water system) and has an added layer to trap sediment. What’s left once the process is complete is great-tasting, cleaner water running out of your tap.

 

According to Faucet Mag, the Brita faucet filtration system ranks #1 for 2018: "This particular filter system attaches onto the head of your faucet for well over 100 gallons worth of clean, filtered water to help keep you and your loved ones in tip-top shape throughout the year.

 

Brita Water Filter Pitchers Come in a Variety of Sizes, Styles, and Colours

 

For those who don't have a reverse osmosis unit installed in their home, a water filter pitcher is an easy and convenient way to get clean, great-tasting water. All of Brita's water filter pitchers are BPA-free and use replaceable filters; some come with electronic indicators, others with a manual system that serves as a reminder of when to change the filter.

 

The filters don't purify water per se, but they do have two effects:

  1. The activated carbon removes substances that may impair taste, such as chlorine and chlorine compounds. 
  2. The ion-exchange resin reduces the carbonate hardness (limescale) as well as copper and lead.

Both faucet filters and the pitchers would be rather useless without Brita's water filter cartridges, all of which are BPA-free and reduce chlorine (taste and odour) to keep your water tasting great. They come in a variety of sizes in order to fit a faucet system, personal water bottle, or pitcher, and are said to be able to remove up to 13 chemicals found in tap water.

 

Brita water filter

 

If you want to improve the quality of your home drinking water, Brita could be the way to go.

 

Water Softeners

 

As its name suggests, a water softener deals with issues regarding hard water in your home. 

 

What is Hard Water?

 

 

 

Hard water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium - two minerals that cause soap scum on glasses and lime residue on bathroom fixtures. It is suitable for drinking and gardening, but hard water can cause mineral build-up in water heaters, pipes, dishwashers, and showerheads, reducing the rate of flow. Soap and shampoo's ability to lather is reduced, laundry becomes stiffer and duller in appearance, and it can even cause itchy and irritated skin.

 

 

As the table below shows, water hardness is measured with five different classifications and can be expressed in mg/litre or parts per million (ppm) or grains per gallon (gpg).

 

 

Classification
Hardness

Soft

Below 17 mg/litre or ppm (0 - 1 gpg)

Slightly Hard

17.1 - 60 mg/litre or ppm (1.1 - 3.5 gpg)

Moderately Hard

61 - 120 mg/litre or ppm (3.6 - 7 gpg)

Hard

121 - 180 mg/litre or ppm (7.1 - 10.5 gpg)

Very Hard

over 180 mg/litre or ppm (over 10.5 gpg)

 

When Should You Get a Water Softener?

 

If your home water comes in above 5 gpg, you should consider a water softener. Generally speaking, groundwater (well water taken from aquifers in the ground) is hard, and some municipalities in Canada use groundwater to supply water to residents.

 

 

In fact, the area around Kitchener has a unique water challenge in that it has some of the hardest water in all of Canada. Kitchener has a water hardness level of 20-32 grains per gallon in most of the city, compared to the national average in Canada of 10.5 grains per gallon. That is 2 to 3 times higher than the average! Getting the right water softener that can handle this kind of water hardness is important to fully eliminate the problems presented by hard water. 

 

The most crucial step in deciding whether your home should have a water softener is to find out if your water is hard. If you have municipal water, bring a small sample to any WaterSmart location so that we can conduct a test and classify its hardness. It's free of charge and only takes a couple of minutes.

 

For more on how a water softener works, click here.

 

Water Softeners Make Life Easier

 

In sum, a water softener reduces water hardness, making it easier to shower and clean fabrics and dishes. With softened water, less soap is needed for bathing and laundry. Skin feels cleaner and clothing softer. Pipes, fixtures, and appliances have less scale build-up, and with less build-up, appliances can operate efficiently. Mineral-derived odours may be reduced and there are fewer deposit stains on bathroom fixtures.

 

 

WaterSmart Knows What You Need

 

As you debate Brita vs. water softeners, know that our experts at WaterSmart are well equipped to help determine your needs, supply the right products, and install them properly. Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service.

 

Along with our products that will serve all of your softening and drinking water needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean and soft water seriously.

 

If you are looking to be sure you have soft water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your drinking water and the performance of your water softener. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.

 

Trust WaterSmart - we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.

 

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