The Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Water Treatment
Saturday, December 9, 2017
The Top 10 Most Asked Questions About Water Treatment
You may have heard people talking about water treatment, hard water, or getting a water softener and wondered what it is all about. In this article, we are going to answer the top ten most asked questions about water treamtent. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at Watersmart.
"Purchased a water softener, price was reasonable, sales staff was very informative and not pushy. Install was quick and clean and he gave instructions on the unit. I would highly recommend Watersmart Systems."
- Rob Morgan
1. What is hard water?
Hard water contains a significant quantity of dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. The hardness becomes greater as the mineral content increases. The term originated from the difficulty to work with the water. You may have noticed that hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water. This is because the minerals decrease the soap's lathering capabilities. Read more about its effects on hair here. When water is softened, mineral ions are exchanged for sodium ions. Read more about hard water vs. soft water here.
2. Do I really need a water softener?
In Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and surrounding regions the water hardness is over 25 grains per gallon. You can determine your actual water hardness level by looking at the maps of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions provided here. Hard water, as explained in the video above, can be problematic in your home when it comes to plumbing, build up, and even issues with water heaters. It can also cause problems with washing dishes and even hair. Basically, if you’re reading this, chances are you need a water softener! Check out our products here. With a water softener, your water will “feel” nicer when bathing and showering, your laundry will be cleaner, and you will use less soap. It can also increase the value of your home.
3. How long does a water softener last?
Water softeners will usually last 15-20 years depending on the use, hardness of the water, and the number of people in the household. Water softeners are very reliable. Our goal at Watersmart is to get the right softener for your needs so that it lasts the longest. That’s why we calculate the softener you will need based on all of these factors when you inquire. Contact the professionals at Watersmart today to see what size/type of softener you need.
4. Is the amount of salt water softeners use damaging to the environment?
Water softeners use far less salt than one would think. Unless your overall water consumption is incredibly high your softener won’t use enough salt to be of concern to the environment.
5. What kind of maintenance should I expect to do?
None! While most softeners need little care, problems may occur. If problems do occur, do not try and do any maintenance yourself. Contact one of the experienced professionals at WaterSmart. Here are some things to keep your eye out for if your softener isn’t working properly: check for salt build-up in the brine tank, check the resin tank injector, and if your water contains iron, check for iron deposits in the resin bed. Consider machines that have controls that minimize water use during regeneration to avoid maintenance. Often, one cycling a week will be sufficient for a family of four.
6. Are there any common service problems?
Like any other home appliance, your softener could run into some common service problems. There are a number of problems that can occur with a water softener over time. Some of the issues you may encounter are seal kit replacement, salt bridges, problems with timers, faulty power supply, motor issues, blockages, resin problems, or leaks. Only trust your water softener repairs to a professional plumber. If you attempt to do the repairs yourself, you will void any warranty. The experienced technicians at WaterSmart know how to repair almost every brand of water softener. You can trust our trained professionals to expertly repair any problems you may have with your water softener. We will quickly and efficiently fix it regardless of whether or not you have purchased it from us.
7. Why are some water softeners expensive?
Some larger national brands still have commissioned salespeople out selling water softeners. If the price is extremely high this probably means you are paying someone extra. Shopping local and visiting a store or website from a company in your city, like WaterSmart, can and will save you hundreds of dollars.
8. What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis (R/O) is a water treatment process in which water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores". Clean water passes through and impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away.
According to Engineering at Dartmouth, reverse osmosis was actually invented by a French physicist, Jean Antoine Nollet, in the eighteenth century. It wasn't until 1969 though that it started to be used as a commercial application when Dean Spatz used the process to separate maple sugar from the sap. From there it has become a key process used in water filtration. If you would like to find out how reverse osmosis can improve the quality of your water, contact us at WaterSmart.
9. What is the operating cost of a water softener?
The purchase of salt for regeneration will be the main operating cost. Salt is sold in large bags and can be obtained from one of our WaterSmart Stores, a supermarket, or local hardware store. Delivery is also available from Riepert Salt. The other cost will be the water and energy required for operation and regeneration.
10. Where can I ask more questions?
Please contact one of our experienced professionals. You can contact us here or by phone (519-886-7331). Visit our store in Waterloo at 14-105 Lexington Rd Monday-Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm, or Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm.