Some Common Myths About Water Softeners

June 10, 2021

Water softeners are highly beneficial for reducing the mineral content in water and helping your equipment run more efficiently and effectively. However, there are some common myths and misunderstandings about this type of appliance and what it can do for you in your commercial building.

Here’s a quick look at some of the most common myths about water softeners in Phoenix, AZ and the truths behind them.

MYTH: Water softeners will produce purified water

Water purification can be accomplished with other types of appliances, but not a water softener. Water softeners are merely designed to reduce water hardness, taking out some of the metals and minerals that can cause scale buildup and other issues. If you’re interested in water purification, you should look into a reverse osmosis system, which will filter out contaminants.

MYTH: Water softeners will result in salty water

This is a misunderstanding of the sodium ion exchange process. It’s true that you need salts for your water softener, but their use should not result in salty-tasting water. The ion exchange process is merely designed to remove calcium and magnesium, not to add salt to your water. There may be sodium added, but that is a different substance.

In addition, the amount of sodium added depends on the hardness of your water. But regardless of the hardness, there will never be an unhealthy amount of sodium that gets added.

MYTH: Water softening removes some important healthy minerals

Water softeners do remove calcium and other minerals, but this does not make the softening process detrimental to the healthiness of your drinking water. Inorganic minerals like calcium and magnesium do not offer the same benefits in drinking water as they do in food or supplements. Those cells, when found in hard water, are difficult for the body to absorb. You lose nothing by getting rid of the inorganic minerals in drinking water.

MYTH: Water softeners are expensive

There is an initial expense associated with installing a water softener. However, if you look at the lifetime expense, you can actually save money by installing one. You’ll need to buy salt and pay for the operational costs on your utility bills, but you’ll save a lot of energy on water heater operation and will be able to extend the useful lifespan of many of your water-based appliances.

MYTH: Municipal water systems make water softeners unnecessary

This is a big-time myth. While it’s true that well water does make water softeners much more likely to be necessary, there are plenty of municipalities that deal with hard water or other water quality issues. Some of these issues have even been in the national news cycle over the last several years. Simply put, municipal water is rarely perfect, and often still has problems that must be resolved at the user end. You might find a water softener to be very beneficial for your property.

For more information about the uses and benefits of water softeners in Scottsdale, AZ, or to debunk some other common myths about water softeners, contact the team at WES Water today.

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