Water softening devices and water conditioners have become a very helpful, useful and indispensable device for lots of people, they greatly improve the quality of their water supply and their water flow (by avoiding the buildup of limescale inside their pipes), the efficiency of their soap and detergents (by preventing the formation of soap curd and sticky useless scum) and improving their (by improving the appearance and properties of their skin, nails and hair); overall, water softeners and water conditioners also allow the households that use them to save a lot of money and water, which can be perhaps the most compelling, important and attractive advantage they offer for many people, with households using water softeners saving up to $1,000 per month in some cases.
However, there are still certain myths surrounding water softeners, their operation and their supposed disadvantages; these are common misconceptions that in some cases may make people hesitate to acquire and install a water softener, a really poor decision when the level of hardness of your water supply is high.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common and prevalent misconception about water softeners and why they are simply not real.
The water treated by a water softener can’t be drank
This one of the most baffling myths I have ever heard regarding water softeners; I mean, there is simply no reason at all why the water treated with a water softener could not be drank by a person. This myth may stem from the fact that salt-based water softeners add a little bit of Chloride salts which they use to replace the salts that cause hardness. However, these Chloride salts are totally harmless and could even help you replenish the salts you lose through sweat and urine.
Water softeners are really expensive
A water softener can be cheap or expensive depending on the size of the softener your home will require, the prices vary too much with the cheapest ones costing less than $300 USD and the most expensive costing up to $3,000 or more. But regardless of the cost, a water softener is the only appliance that saves you money while you use it and that saves more money the more you use it; so instead of looking at a expensive water softener as a big expense, look at it as an investment that will start saving you money from the very beginning.
It is harder to wash off the soap with softened water
I can understand where this myth came from, when you take a shower with softened water, the water feels more slick and pure, and very slippery, so it may give you that sensation that your skin has a layer of soap, but that is simply not true, that is just a sign that the softened water has fewer salts and that the natural oils that moisturize your skin were now washed away by it.
Magnetic conditioners and electricity-based softeners are better because they will not require any salt
First of all, these electric devices are not even true softeners because they do not remove anything, they just temporarily change the structure of the salts that cause hardness, rendering them harmless for a while (48 hours at most) and that is why they are called conditioners. It is true however that they require no salt and are less expensive and much cheaper to operate; however, since its effect on water is only temporary then they will not be useful for a household with a lower water demand: your house may consume a lot of water but it may have a slow demand, so if the water sits still the effects of the conditioner will wear off. The water on a water heater, for example, remains still for a long time and is one of the places that will show no improvement or enjoy any benefit from Magnetic conditioners.
The waste water from a water softener is damaging for my drain pipes or septic tank
The water flushed down the drain after the regeneration process is not suitable for human consumption but will cause no harm or damage to your drain or septic tank, it has been determined conclusively that it is totally harmless in that regard and that it can even improve the quality of the soils it is used on.
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