Water Softening Without Chemicals & Salt
Water Treatment Methods That Make a Difference
Whether you own a home or manage a commercial property, you’ve probably considered if there’s a way you could improve the water quality on your property. When researching this topic, you might have come across options for water softeners and water conditioning and might be a little confused about how these things are different.
At Mckeown Plumbing, our goal is to not only provide our customers with the best plumbing services available, but help to educate them on important issues such as these. With more than 45 years of experience serving the Coastal Orange County area, our company retains the knowledge and experience of expert plumbers who can provide the services you require. If you’re curious about the difference between water softeners and water conditioning, just reach out to Mckeown Plumbing today to learn more and see what’s best for your property.
What Do Water Softeners & Water Conditioners Do?
When it comes to the quality of the water coming out of your taps, not much else can be more important. Having clean water free from dissolved minerals, chemicals, and other substances is important not only for the health and safety of people, but also for maintaining the condition of your property’s plumbing system.
Typically, water softeners are used to treat hard water, which has a high concentration of dissolved minerals. Water softeners work by reverse osmosis where dissolved mineral ions are replaced with sodium ions. Hard water isn’t considered a health risk, but it can cause flow-restricting scaling inside pipes when dissolved minerals combine. It can also leave “water spots” on dishes in a dishwasher and is responsible for unsightly white stains around plumbing fixtures.
Water conditioners remove substances that alter how water tastes and smells. These can include volatile organic compounds, organic gasses, chlorine, chloramines, and even lead – substances that can present significant health risks over time. Water conditioners can work in a variety of ways, but are salt-free when compared to water softeners. While water conditioners can provide water softening benefits, this isn’t their primary purpose and likely won’t yield the same results as a dedicated water softener.
Do I Need a Water Softener or a Water Conditioner?
Whether you need a water softener or a water conditioner depends upon a variety of factors. If mineral buildup from hard water is putting too much strain on your plumbing system, a water softener might be the solution you need. If you are concerned about the smell, taste, and risk of using contaminated drinking water, then a water conditioner can improve your property’s water quality and offer some softening benefits.
There are also hybrid systems available that can address both water softening and water conditioning if your property is affected by issues that both water softeners and water conditioners can address. If you are unsure about how you should treat your property’s water, get in touch with a water quality expert from McKeown Plumbing.
We can provide the information and services you need to select the water treatment system that works best for you.