Hard water is the most common problem for homes in the USA. Excessive calcium, magnesium, lime and other minerals are dissolved in the water supply and cause problems. Hard water makes soap less effective so you will need to use more soap in your dishwasher, washing machine and shower. The minerals also build up in your faucets and pipes causing scale build up and restricting water flow. A water softener removes these minerals without adding any sort of chemicals. Softened water not only makes the soap your laundry, dishwasher and shower work better, it also makes your water heater work more efficiently and reduces maintenance cost.
Water Softeners utilize a resin in a filter tower that absorbs these unwanted minerals. The resin is recharged with brine (salt and water) from a brine tank so the resin can be used many times over. Backwashing/recharging can be done with a Time Clock-Based method or a Metered-Regeneration method that is based on the amount of water used. The Time-Clock method is more affordable. The Metered-Regeneration method is more expensive upfront, but it is based on the actual amount of water used so it is more precise and you waste less salt and water.
Please note that Water Softeners only move hardness from the water. It does not remove any chemicals.
Whole House Water Filter
A Whole House Water Filter removes harmful contaminants from your water: such as chlorine, chloramine, dirt, sediments, rust, lead, bacteria, harmful VOCs and more. Having clean water at every faucet in your home will make your water taste better, make your shower work better and give you healthier water for your cooking and your pets. You will notice a significant improvement in your hair and your skin.
Whole House Water Filters utilize a large filter tower filled with activated carbon to remove these harmful chemicals and impurities. There are 3 types of filters available: 1. Non-Backwashing/Upflow System 2. Time Clock Backwashing System 3. Metered Backwashing System (based on gallons used).
Non-Backwashing / Upflow Systems are the most affordable. They are great for municipalities with generally-clean water. We recommend adding a pre-filter before the whole house filter to remove sediments and reduce the possibility of blockages and channeling in the whole house filter.
Time Clock Backwashing Systems are the next most affordable. Based on time frames, the system will automatically backwash the filter tower. Helping to flush out sediments, cleaning the activated carbon to reopen the pores and eliminating channeling while allowing for an even flow through the media. This improves the efficiency of the filter and helps to extend its life.
Metered Backwashing Systems are more expensive but are the most popular. The system automatically backwashes based on the amount of water used. This system optimizes efficiency and performance of the filter system.