The most crucial step in deciding whether your home should have a water softener is to find out if your water is hard. If you have municipal water, bring us a small sample so that we can conduct a test and classify its hardness. It’s free of charge and only takes a couple of minutes
This occurs in four steps:
Automatic water softeners are usually programmed to recharge at specific times that will not disrupt the occupants. It is more water-efficient to have a metered model that will regenerate only when required.
|All functions are performed automatically, including regeneration.||Regenerates on a pre-set schedule.|
Both types of softeners come in a single or twin tank style.
To learn more about the models best suited for your city click the appropriate link below.
|# of people||×||50 gallons
of water per day
|=||# of gallons to be
softened on a daily basis
|×||Hardness||=||grains per day
that your softener will use
|size of the softener
(40 000 / 32 000 / 30 000)
|=||30 000 /
22 000 /20 000
|/||grains per day||days between regenerations|
10 000 backup reserve
(3-10 days is ideal size)
Consider machines that have controls that minimize water use during regeneration. Often, one cycling a week will be sufficient for a family of four.
Water softeners create very little noise. The only sound you will hear is the movement of water through the unit during the backwash. Aquaking Systems have a silencer on the valve to cut the noise by approximately 50 percent.
It has been found that ion exchange softening has no effect on the corrosiveness of water. Water pH, dissolved oxygen content, ammonia, chloride and flow velocity cause corrosion. These factors are unaffected by the softening process.
Water softeners are installed where the water line enters the home. A professional installer should carry out the installation. A separate cold line may be installed for drinking and cooking purposes if you prefer to not consume softened water.
While there have been concerns over a water softener’s impact on septic systems – such as killing the bacteria in septic tanks with salt, overflowing tanks with too much backwash flow and reducing the drainage field’s ability to absorb water – recent scientific studies remain inconclusive.
Salt has been found to have no harmful effects on bacteria and the soil of the drainage field. However, the volume of backwash flow can range from 25 – 150 gallons per week or the equivalent of one to two standard filled bathtubs.