Do Water Softeners Remove Beneficial Minerals?

June 14, 2017 | Posted in Health Benefits | By

Water softeners do remove minerals like calcium and magnesium from your water, and these are minerals that your body needs. However, having them removed from your water won’t decrease your intake of these minerals, since your body does not usually get these minerals from water but instead from your diet. Let’s take a closer look.

Which Minerals Are in Hard Water?

Hard water is typically water that contains significant amounts of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and similar minerals. These are picked up naturally from the areas water has flowed over before it reaches your home. Having these minerals in your water can lead to film-like deposits left on your dishes or other surfaces. These chalky deposits may seem nothing more than annoying on dishes, but they can also build-up in your appliances and eventually cause them to need repairs or replacement.

What Happens to the Minerals?

Softening water does not fully remove calcium and magnesium from your water, but it neutralizes them by changing their form. How this is done depends on what sort of water softener you have. For example, water softeners that use salt utilize a process called ion exchange. This process essentially “trades” the calcium and magnesium for the soft mineral sodium.

However, if you have a salt-free water conditioner, the process is a little different. Salt-free systems are referred to as water conditioners rather than water softeners because they don’t remove hard minerals from water. Instead, they condition water by chemically changing minerals such as calcium and magnesium so that they no longer attach to surfaces and create build-up.

Is Added Sodium Bad for You?

If you have a water softener that uses salt, it will add sodium to your water. The amount of sodium added depends on how hard your water is. Sodium in large amounts can be unhealthy, but luckily the amount added by water softeners, even for very hard water, is incredibly small. If you are concerned about the amount of sodium that’s healthy for you, or if you have a sodium restricted diet, contact your doctor before using a water softener. You can also consider using a salt-free system instead.

Where Else Can You Get Healthy Minerals?

Whether you have a water softener or a salt-free water conditioner, both will leave your water without the original hard minerals it previously contained. Some people worry that because of this they will have an unhealthy lack of these minerals in their body. However, as mentioned earlier, your body does not get its calcium and magnesium from your water. In water these minerals exist in an inorganic state, and your body cannot even digest them.

Instead of worrying about these minerals in water, look at your diet to make sure that you’re getting a healthy amount of them. For example, digestible calcium is found in dairy products like milk. Magnesium is present in broccoli and many other vegetables. As long as you have a healthy diet with a variety of foods, you’ll get the minerals that you need. If you’re concerned about the amount of calcium and magnesium you’re consuming, talk to your doctor about a diet that’s right for you.

If you would like more information about how water softeners and conditioners work, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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What You Need To Know About Rain Water Collectors

April 17, 2017 | Posted in Wells | By

A rain collector is a great way to get access to a lot of water without having to tap into community sources, and as long as you are not in a recharge zone, the water you use does not affect the water supply levels. A rain collector is generally not recommended to be used for a supply of drinking water, however, rain collector’s can and should be used if there is truly no other clean water available.

Here we will be going over the ways to ensure that the water you are collecting from the rain is safe (both how to filter it and the things that cause it to become contaminated). We will also be going over the safer uses of rainwater that are applicable to most, and various information about efficiency related to amount, pathogens, risks, and recharge zones. Though it isn’t required for all uses, the environmental and fiscal benefits multiply when combined with measures to conserve water, remove dangerous bacteria, and filter with equipment that does not remove the necessary minerals from the water.

Selecting Equipment for Collecting

Storage —Those looking to save some money on lawn care may opt for a simple wooden barrel, while those needing large volumes may require the use of piping that runs between multiple barrels or containers.

Collection —The most basic collection system is simply a barrel with a screen that catches a small area. The roof is commonly used, and a diverter can allow you to not start collecting rain until it has rained enough that all dirt is washed away. Uncommon enough to not warrant great detail, some use large funnels or food grade plastic pieces as a cleaner alternative to roofs.

Best Uses and Situations for Rain Collection

Best Uses for Unfiltered Non-Potable Water

  • Watering your garden plants (but still avoid watering lawns when in a drought)
  • Hosing down dirty cars, parts of your home, etc.

Best Uses for Filtered Potable Water (Assuming you are using proper equipment. Speak with a Clear Water expert to be safe). The options are for this are numerous. The ones that need fuller filtration will be marked as such, and those that can be used safely with a more basic filtration system will be marked as well.

  • If you can adjust the pipelines, you can use this water to do laundry and run the toilet (basic filtration)
  • Showering and sink water is not recommended for usage without running the proper tests, but is a possibility. Similarly, drinking water is generally saved for emergencies but is a possibility (full filtration)

Safety, Hazards, Filtering, and Equipment

Safety —Rain itself is evaporated water, which doesn’t carry any bacteria with it. But that does not mean that what you end up with in the barrel is totally safe. Especially if you do not use a screen, or let it run off your roof before collecting it. In addition, you need to make sure that the water isn’t exposed to direct sunlight and open air, as this will create the perfect breeding ground for algae, bugs and bacteria.

Filtering Equipment —What you need will depends greatly on what you use it for, how often it is used, and the collection equipment used. You may need something to make the water drinking quality, something to remove pathogens, or something to remove toxins (while retaining beneficial minerals).

We hope that this helps you with any efforts to create a rain collector, big or small. If you have any questions or interest in making your own rain collector and need help with the integration of its usefulness into your everyday life, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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What Are The Ongoing Expenses Of A Water Softener?

February 5, 2017 | Posted in Water Conditioner | By

As Texas homeowners, many of you have faced the struggle regarding whether or not to purchase a water softener or conditioner. You have probably heard many times about the importance they can have in your home, for your health and for the life of your appliances. However, water softeners are a financial investment and researching the ongoing costs of maintaining one can help you prepare for the possible expenses. In addition to this, if the ongoing costs of a water softener are discouraging, there are also other options available, such as water conditioners, which are discussed below.

Ongoing Costs and Maintenance

Salt

When purchasing a traditional water softener, homeowners should be aware of the costs of ongoing maintenance as well as the initial price tag. In order to maintain the system there are two main things that you are going to need fairly often: consumable salt and consistent unit service. Keep these costs in mind when searching for the right water softener as they do add up. According to Industry Standard, the average family of four will need to obtain a forty pound bag of salt each month. That’s typically around $25 dollars each month added on to other expenses.

Servicing

Servicing is not as pressing of an expense because most water softeners only need to be checked once every one to two years. However, this maintenance does need to be done by a professional, and their time and the cost of repairs can add up. This can be especially painful if you bought a cheaper water softener in the beginning. While they may seem to be cheaper in the beginning, just like any other low priced option, the quality is often poorer, which means that your water softener will be weakened sooner and needed to be checked far more often than it would if you had purchased a more expensive and better quality version.

Alternatives to Water Softeners: Water Conditioners

As mentioned above, sometimes the initial cost of a water softener, plus the additional costs of maintaining it, can be discouraging. If you don’t feel that a traditional water softener is right for your home, you should consider purchasing a salt-free water softener instead. A salt-free water softener is far less expensive and because it works in a far different way than salt-based water softeners, by changing the form of the minerals instead of using salt that has to be replaced, it gives the water a much slicker feel. This is usually ideal for many people looking for an alternative to constantly buying bottled water.

In the end the choice is up to you. While some people prefer traditional water softeners that utilize salt, many decide to use the salt-free water conditioner as an environmentally friendly alternative with fewer maintenance costs. If you would like more information about water softeners and conditioners, visit Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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When To Consider A Whole-House UV System

December 19, 2016 | Posted in Tap Water | By

You already know about the benefits of having the water in your home softener, either through a traditional water softener, or through an environmentally friendly salt-free water conditioner. However, some homes, especially those whose water comes from a well, may need more than just a softener.

Do You Need a Whole-House UV System?

Whole-house UV systems have helped countless residences all around the United States. These systems give people access to drinking water that’s fresh, clean, and healthy. Whole-house UV systems are known as POE (point-of-entry) systems. Water softening on its own is not always a great option for homes.

If you get your drinking water from a well, you may be a good candidate for a whole-house UV system. That’s because private wells frequently have significant degrees of metals found in their water. They often have substantial amounts of contaminants of all varieties, for that matter. These contaminants have the ability to harm the purity of your drinking water. They, because of that, may even be able to harm your health. Water softeners can minimize or eliminate the hardness of water. They can’t, however, do away with the microbiologic contaminants that are so common inside of private wells.

The Advantages of Whole-House UV Systems

Installation and Maintenance

There are quite a few noteworthy advantages that are connected to whole-house UV systems. These systems don’t call for a substantial amount of maintenance. Usually the only maintenance they require is occasional replacement of the UV lamp. Whole-house UV systems are also a piece of cake to install. Drains aren’t necessary for installation purposes. These systems don’t squander precious water in any way, making them friendly toward the environment.

The Experience of UV Treated Water

As for your in-home experience, whole-house UV systems don’t negatively affect the flavor of your drinking water. They don’t influence its smell, either. Whole-house UV systems enable people to consume water that feels fresh and pleasant. They enable people to bathe in water that’s just as enjoyable and reliable. These things can lead to all sorts of benefits. Whole-house UV systems can even do wonders for people who wish to reap the rewards of hair that feels luxurious and silky. It can even help peoples’ complexions. If you want your skin to feel smooth and youthful, a whole-house UV system may do the trick.

Health Benefits

In addition to helping your hair and skin feel smoother, the real importance of a whole-house UV system is its benefits for your and your family’s health. For those using a well, or other water source with possible contaminants, whole-house UV systems can turn the water in your home from a risk to a pleasure.

Clean and fresh water is beyond important in modern society. All people have the right to water that’s both safe and dependable. If you want to invest in a salt-free water softener anywhere in the beautiful Central Texas region, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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What’s Really In Your Water: Part 2

October 5, 2016 | Posted in Health Benefits | By

It is important to have realistic information about what is in your water. The reality is that the issue is too complex to boil down to something being always bad or always good. That is why we continue to look into the issues surrounding minerals in different types of water.

The Minerals in Water: Magnesium

Too Much?

The added minerals in bottled water normally exist naturally in tap and well water, and they are added simply to more accurately represent what real water is regarding taste and nutrition. These minerals include potassium, salt, calcium, and magnesium. These are all helpful as long as you adhere to dietary guidelines. However, if completely unregulated, hard water can provide far more of these minerals than needed. While these minerals are important, there are negative effects from over-consumption.

Too Little?

Humans do need these minerals though, and huge portions of the United States experience negative side effects because they do not receive the recommended amount of magnesium or potassium. The reality of magnesium is that 80% of Americans don’t receive enough in their diet. This can lead to serious mental health issues, inability to regulate mood especially. However, since the body has a hard time absorbing magnesium from non-organic sources, deficiencies have little to do with the amount ingested in water. If you’re concerned about your magnesium intake,
consult your physician for more information.

The Minerals in Water: Fluoride

The Fluoride Debate

One unique mineral that has had a lot of national buzz recently is fluoride. Fluoride actually exists in some water sources naturally. But the positives and the negatives are not completely cut and dry. Some cities have actually had serious debates as to what to do with the fluoride in the water. Many have removed it, some have compromised by reducing the amount, and some have done nothing. But the history behind the fluoride debate is a long one, and it is not a simple issue.

The Use of Fluoride

The debate about Fluoride began with it being added into the water supply in the 1950’s to promote dental health. The fluoride in water is of course absorbed orally, and has less effect than being applied directly to teeth. It can have subtle benefits to teeth, but not nearly as much as directly applying with toothpaste, of which many contain fluoride. There are a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the fluoride debate as well, but it would be incorrect to think of these as what is driving the debate against it. For instance, one of these is that it was initially added not for dental health, but for impairing of mental health. The theory goes that the populace was becoming too difficult to control and evading the laws that were being passed. However, there is little if any evidence to support this, and the case against it is reasonably complete without introducing that as evidence.

The Effect of Fluoride

The main argument is that fluoride has no effect on the appearance, taste, or smell of water, and as such does not effect the direct experience of drinking water. In addition, the levels that are in water aren’t enough to actually prevent tooth decay and cavities. The issue being that levels slightly higher than what is needed for dental health are enough to cause intelligence reduction. This effect is actually made far worse when combined with an excess of aluminum, or a deficiency of iodine, meaning that the body has to work extra hard to deal with both of the issues at once. However, it’s important to note that the addition of this mineral does not lead to cancer, based on most studies. There is some evidence it could contribute very slightly to some types of bone cancer, but not by very much.

The debates about what should be in tap, well, and bottled water continues today. Many people choose to regulate their own water somewhat by utilizing a water softener or a water conditioner. If you would like more information about what’s in your water, or if you would like information regarding a water filtration system, contact Clear Water of San Marcos, located in San Marcos, TX.

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The Facts About Water Softeners And Regeneration

August 16, 2016 | Posted in Hard Water | By

What Is A Water Softener? What Problems Can Hard Water Cause?

A water softener is a device that softens hard water. What is hard water you may be wondering? It is water that contains hardness minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These hard minerals cause scale to buildup over time in pipes, on faucets, tubs, shower stalls and inside appliances that use water such as washing machines. The mineral scales damages piping, restricts water flow and reduces the lifespan of appliances such as water heaters and dishwashers.

How Does A Water Softener Prevent Buildup Of Scale?

In a water softener system, incoming hard water comes into contact with a mineral mixture called a resin. This resin attracts hardness minerals and eliminates them from water that will be piped to your appliances. Eventually, the resin mineral mixture will become saturated with hardness minerals. At this point the resin mixture will have to be regenerated.

What Is Regeneration In A Water Softener System?

Regeneration refers to the flushing out of hardness materials from the resin mineral mixture in the water softener system. This is accomplished by flushing the resin mixture with a salt brine solution. The salt bags you buy every couple of months are used to create the salt brine that flushes the resin free of hardness minerals.

How Often Should A Water Softener Regenerate?

The water softener should regenerate when the resin mixture is saturated and can no longer remove hardness minerals from the water. There are two kinds of water regeneration systems found in water softener appliances. The first kind automatically begins a regeneration cycle when it senses that the resin is saturated. This is called a demand regeneration system. The second type of water generation system regenerates at a specified period of time. This is typically once a week or every two weeks, depending on the programming. Demand regeneration systems are considered to be more efficient than time programmed regeneration systems. This is because in a demand system, regeneration only takes place when it is needed. This is in contrast to the time triggered system, where regeneration takes place whether it is needed or not.

The Alternative To A Water Softener That Can Save You Money

Clearwater of San Marcos offers a revolutionary new way of preventing scale buildup associated with hard water. This is through the EasyWater No-Salt Conditioner device. With this salt-free water softener, you will never have to buy any more bags of salt. This alone should save you hundreds of dollars per year in maintenance costs associated with a water softener system.

The EasyWater No-Salt conditioner device works in the following way. Instead of a resin mixture attracting hardness minerals in your water and then being flushed with a salt brine solution constantly, this device uses electronic frequencies to alter the state of hardness minerals found in your water. The frequencies change the hardness minerals, such as calcium and magnesium’s composition, so that they don’t stick to the plumbing anymore. Thus, the problems of scale are eliminated without the need for a water softener system. You will also save money on your water and sewage bill since the regeneration cycle is eliminated with the salt-free water softener device.

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Why Drinking More Water Is One of the Best Things You Can Do

April 14, 2016 | Posted in Health Benefits | By

Since science has allowed human beings to study even the simplest of things, an emphasis has been placed on the sufficient consumption of water. Not drinking enough water can carry a multitude of consequences that result from dehydration. Some of the consequences are truly adverse and open to door to treatments far more complicated and expensive than chugging an ice cold glass of the fluid of life. While the benefits of drinking H20 are endless, some of them are too good to pass up.

WEIGHT-LOSS

As the importance of maintaining a healthy weight becomes public knowledge, so does the importance of water into the weight-loss equation. Studies have shown that those who consume at least two glasses of water before each meal over the course of three months lose four more pounds than those who do not drink water regularly. Water fills you up and prevents you from overeating. It also speeds up your metabolism. Experts recommend consuming four cups of water for every fifty pounds of weight.

TOLERANCE TO WEATHER

Part of the reason people feel animosity towards the heat is a result of becoming more dehydrated when being exposed to it. Basically, you want to enjoy summer activities, but the temperatures keep you in the AC. Adequate H2O consumption replaces fluids that humans lose when they sweat. Replacing these fluids improves heat tolerances and makes outdoor activities more bearable.

PROMOTES HEALTHY DIGESTION

Water is a colon cleansing, healthy digestion promoting guru. Water increases the metabolic rate of the body and stimulates the circulation of nutrients and vitamins within the body. This circulation encourages the excretion of toxins found in the digestive tract as well. Using a salt-free water softener greatly contributes to this process by avoiding harmful or unnecessary minerals from entering the body during water consumption altogether. A healthy digestive tract does everything from maintaining a healthy weight and combating cancer and other illnesses, to balancing hormone levels and reducing bloating.

SEE YOU NEVER, CANCER!

Due to the frequency of urination by consuming a lot of water, carcinogens never get the chance to build up in the urinary tract or other vital areas in the body. Research has demonstrated that those with a sufficient water intake are less likely to contract bladder, kidney, breast, and colon cancers.

YOUR BONES WILL THANK YOU

The cartilage that surrounds bones is roughly eighty-five percent water. Of course, this cartilage protects bones and joints, and requires sufficient moisture received from water to stay supple and healthy. Stiff joints are less likely when the rubbery material protecting them is well hydrated.

YOU CAN EAT IT, TOO!

Some of the most healthy and delicious foods are made up of mostly water. Regularly eating fruits like apples and pears promotes hydration, and provides the body with vitamins essential in balancing moods, fighting off harmful free radicals, and ensuring healthy bodily processes. The natural sugars and salts found in fruits and vegetables increase the longevity of hydration as well.

Feeling motivated to drink more water?? If you’re looking for salt-free water softening solutions or water treatments options in the Central Texas area, be sure to give Clear Water of San Marcos a call to discuss your needs and learn how softer water can benefit you & your family!

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Commercial Solutions for Hard Water

March 9, 2016 | Posted in Hard Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water Conditioner, Water Softener | By

We know running a business can be difficult, and it can be even more stressful to want to provide the best for your employees. Clean and good water should be a priority for any business owner. Finding the right solution is daunting, but that’s what we’re here for! Today we’ll be discussing several options depending on your circumstances.

No-Salt Conditioner®

Scale build-up occurs in water handling equipment when there’s hard water present. This includes water fountains, sink faucets and much more, leading to expensive repairs and replacements, exorbitant energy costs, and blocked water flow. Now you can keep your water handling equipment in pristine condition and running smoothly with the EasyWater No-Salt Conditioner. The EasyWater No-Salt Conditioner eliminates hard water build-up without minimal to no maintenance, salt or chemicals.

SmartGuard®

If you’re looking for a commercial reverse osmosis system, look no further! SmartGuard RO’s integrated scale control technology is the only RO system on the market that operates efficiently without the need for a softener or chemical pre-treatment. SmartGuard RO has a plethora of customizable options for your needs, including RO, RO and remineralization, RO and deionization and much more. The thoughtful design allows for simple monitoring and maintenance. It also includes an automatic bypass option preventing you from running out of filtered water.

RevitaLife Pro®

If your company demands high purity or quality drinking water, reverse osmosis is the option for you. RevitaLife Pro delivers filtered and finished water with minerals for whatever you may need, as well as a corrected pH. This ensures you’ll get the water quality you need while keeping your water handling equipment clean and pristine.

Bacteria Shield®

Problems such as pipeline breaks, accidental sewage overflows and other incidents at work can increase the risk of contamination among you and your employees. This sort of microbiological fouling often comes with safety issues. Luckily, our Bacteria Shield offers UV disinfection, ozone disinfection, hydrogen peroxide disinfection and much more!

Iron Shield®

After years of use, iron deposits can begin to build up water-using equipment. If not properly taken care of, it will eventually turn into costly maintenance and early equipment death. Iron and manganese also create discolored water and rust-colored stains on plumbing fixtures, concrete walkways, driveways and much more. Iron Shield will protect your plumbing and keep your business in the best looking condition by oxidizing iron, manganese and hydrogen sulfide inside your tank, before they start causing problems.

Acid Shield® – PH Neutralizer

Copper and steel plumbing are easily corroded by acidic water, resulting in damage to plumbing fixtures, piping and valves. Eventually, your water-using equipment such as boilers and dish machines may prematurely fail. With Acid Shield®, a natural calcium compound and low-maintenance process to raise the pH of acidic water. Acid Shield® also protects your plumbing against pinhole leaks and disposes of blue-green staining.

Now that you know a little more about commercial solutions available to you, be sure to call Clear Water of San Marcos today at 512-757-1731, for an inspection to see which works best for you! We’ll work with you to make sure you get the water system you need, at an affordable price!

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Potential Toxins in Tap Water & How To Remove Them

February 26, 2016 | Posted in Tap Water | By

The recent news coverage of the water pollution crisis in Flint, Michigan has put unsafe drinking water in the national spotlight. We all take for granted that water will come out of our taps when we turn the knobs, and that the water coming out will be safe to drink. But an incident like this can call this into question—how safe is the tap water you drink from everyday?

There are, of course, laws put into place such as the Safe Drinking Water Act ensure that our drinking water is held to pretty high standards, with water treatment plants removing a vast majority of toxins from our tap water. But some potentially harmful chemicals remain unregulated or can spike periodically, causing possible health concerns. Read on to learn about a few chemicals that can be present in your drinking water and what you can do to protect yourself from them.

Trihalomethanes

As we’ve talked about previously in this blog, the most common process water treatment plants use to disinfect untreated water is the addition of chlorine. While this can be extremely effective, recent discoveries have revealed some unintended side-effects of this process: As chlorine interacts with sewage, dead animals, livestock manure, and other organic rot, it produces chemicals in a family called Trihalomethanes, which have been shown to be possible carcinogens.

While four members of this Trihalomethane family are regulated—including chloroform—are regulated by the EPA, Many others remain unregulated. This means they don’t check to make sure water coming out of treatment plants has these chemicals or not. But the real troubling part is how research has linked these chemicals to bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and birth defects.

Haloacetic Acids

Trihalomethanes aren’t the only unwanted chemical created during the water treatment disinfection process. Some studies estimate that there are as many as 600 new chemicals created when chlorine reacts with untreated water, but of particular interest are haloacetic acids. While the EPA regulates this family of chemicals, the rules let trace amounts of them slip by. And those trace amounts may be enough to cause damage in our bodies.

In addition to being possible carcinogens, haloacetic acids pose an even greater risk to pregnant women, as exposure to these chemicals during pregnancy can result in low birth weight and other defects.

Chloramines

The dangers of chlorine disinfection by-products haven’t gone unnoticed, though. A recent alternative to using chlorine has been to replace it with chloramines, which combine the chlorine with ammonia. This move made sense—chloramines were observed to be more stable and produce up to 47% fewer trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids. Unfortunately, they may also make things worse.

Unlike chlorine, which produces toxic chemical by-products in water, chloramines themselves are toxic to kidney dialysis patients and produce their own dangerous by-products called iodoacids. Some researchers consider these to be even more toxic than any chemicals produced by chlorination.

What Can You Do?

If potentially dangerous chemicals can actually make it through the water tretment process and into your tap, is there anything you can do to protect yourself from them? Luckily, sink-mounted and cartridge-based carbon filters can be very effective in removing these chemicals. Always make sure you research a product fully before buying it, though, as not all of them filter out these particular chemicals. Always remember to replace your filter immediately when the manufacturer indicates it should be replaced. You’re not just dealing with flavor—you’re dealing with your health!

At Clearwater, we offer a few different solutions that can help you with this important issue in addition to our salt-free water conditioning systems. Call us to discuss some of these options regarding which products will work to protect you from potential dangers in your tap water.

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Does Soft Water Call For Less Soap?

February 24, 2016 | Posted in Hard Water, Water Conditioner | By

Once you’ve installed your water softener, you probably think that’s the last of your worries. While by itself, the water softener will completely change the way your water feels, there’s one more thing you want to consider now. Does it matter what type of soap is used after a water softener or conditioner is installed?

Why Hard Water Requires More Soap

The reason hard water requires more soap is because of the minerals within it, making it tougher for detergent and soap to dissolve in water.

Calcium and magnesium are the culprits to be exact. These minerals make water “hard” happen to interfere with the soap’s cleaning properties. Soap is sticks easier to these hard minerals and that’s why soap produces fewer suds and is less effective in hard water.

It is also difficult to rinse soap from clothing dipped in hard water. You’ve probably felt your clothes that come out of laundry and thought they felt stiff. This is because limescale hardened and is stuck on your clothes! When washing your laundry in soft water, you can clean with less soap, and will also keep your clothes from getting stiff from limescale hardening.

What Type of Soap Should I Use with a Water Softener?

Once installed, you’ll want to use the purest of soaps that you can find. Softened water greatly increases the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. Liquid soaps free of dyes or perfumes are usually the best choice for soft water.

Oftentimes, soap manufacturers add water softening agents and fillers to soaps, shampoos and detergents expecting the consumer (you) to be using hard water. Meaning, you’re paying for filler or additive that you don’t need! It’s best to look around for pure soaps once you have a water softener installed. If you can’t find any in your local supermarket, there are a plethora of online sites that sell pure soaps and detergents. Alternatively, you can make your own soap by checking out at DIY site, if you want something homemade.

Remedy “hard water” problems with soft water

When it comes to laundry stain removal, an independent study funded by the Water Quality Research Council showed huge savings on energy costs. The study concluded that laundry detergents usage was reduced by 50% and dishwashing soap usage by 70% when washing with soft water. Additionally, they found that washing machine temperatures could still maintain the same stain removal efficacy when washing on cold instead of hot water with water softener.

You’ll even be using less shampoo to create even greater lather with soft water, and you’ll no longer a need “rinsing agents” for spot-free glasses and dishes!

If you’re unsure whether you have hard water in your home, call Clear Water San Marcos for an at-home inspection. We’ll help show you all available water treatment solutions for your home.

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