Frequently Asked Questions About Water Softeners

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We’ve compiled the most common questions that people search for online and put them all in one place to answer easily for you.

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1. What Is The Regeneration Process In Water Softeners?

The regeneration process is the process in which your water softening system removes all the hard minerals (calcium and magnesium) that get attached to the resin beads after a successful water softening cycle. This is a crucial step as it washes and cleans the resins to prepare them for more softening cycles.

2. What Kind Of Salt Should I Add To The Brine Tank?

Usually, the manufacturer will give you a recommendation for the best type of salt to use with your unit. However, experienced homeowners will tell you that the best kind of salt to use is the clean pellet or nugget style salt. Common salt has shown to cause damages and blockages to these devices.

3. How Often Should I Add Salt to my Water Softening System?

There’s no set duration after which you should refill your water softening unit. Instead, the frequency is dependent on the size and capacity of your model, its regeneration process, water consumption in your home (or the number of people who live there), the hardness of your water, and the size of the brine tank.

4. How Can I Tell If My Water Is Hard?

To tell if your water is hard, you’ll need to do a simple test that involves putting the water in a clear bottle (halfway full), adding 3-5 drops of soap and shaking it rigorously. If it forms a lot of bubbles, then it’s not hard. Otherwise, you’re using hard water, and you need to act ASAP. For more details on this, see our section above on how to find out how hard your water is.

5. How Can I Determine The Right Type Of Water Softener For My Home?

This is usually a tricky part that involves taking into account many considerations to ensure the product you choose matches your personal needs and expectations. Take a look at our full buying guide above to get an idea of what things to look for when buying your first water softening system.

6. How Do I Determine The Amount Of Water Usage At My Home?

This is pretty easy and straightforward. Take the number of people who live in your home and multiply it by 75 to get your home daily water use (75 is the standard number of gallons an average household consumes on a daily basis).

7. Can I Install A Water Softener On My Own?

Absolutely! Although there are people out there offering to install your softening system for a fee, you really don’t need to spend your cash on this. You can install the new unit on your own if you follow the manufacturer’s guide, and refer to the installation guide we discussed earlier in this post as well.

8. Are All The Water Softening Systems Salt-Based?

No. While most homeowners are used to salt-based models, there are also salt-free softening systems that rely on other softening technologies and methods such as magnetic, reverse osmosis, etc. Check out our section above on the different types of water softening systems for specifics.

9. How Much Power Does a Softening System Consume?

If you thought water softeners rely on huge amounts of power to run efficiently, you’re absolutely wrong. These systems use a very low amount of power (comparable to the amount used by your digital clock) to efficiently turn hard water into a soft state.

10. What’s The Cost of a Water Softening System?

The price of a good quality water softener usually ranges from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand. This depends on a handful of factors like size, features, brand, and much more.


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