Soft water is important in the home since it will leave your hair shiny and silky, your skin soft and smooth, your appliances free from build-up, and your water fixtures from scale build-up.

Water Softener Myths

MYTH: A WATER SOFTENER IS A WASTE OF MONEY

There can be sticker shock for some consumers at the cost of a water softener.  They then don’t think they need soft water, not for that price.  It’s like any other appliance in your home … useful.  The fact is a water softener is one of the only home appliances that can save you money.  Why? A water softener removes hardness (calcium and magnesium) from the water reducing your water heating bills and extends the life of water using appliances.  A water softener also saves money because less detergent is used when washing clothes as well as less soap is needed when bathing.  Since hardness is removed from the water, there’s no need to buy harsh chemicals to remove any hardness buildup from your water fixtures. Read more

Low Water Pressure

Have you ever turned on the faucet in your bathroom or kitchen only to find water trickles out?  It’s irritating for you and inefficient for your home. Low water pressure makes your appliances work harder and takes longer to fill the bathtub, wash machine, or dishwasher.  If you are on a private well it can also cause issues with your well system. You’ll want to find the issue and solve it as quickly as possible.

The first area to check is to the main shut off valve.  This is either by your well pressure tank or your city supplied water meter.  You’ll want to check the main valve to see if it is partially turned off or turned off just enough to decrease water pressure.  Read more

Watering Plants with Soft Water

Like humans, plants all need water to grow and oftentimes need specific soil conditions in order to grow healthfully.  When you are watering your household plants, it is best to use the watering information for the specific plant.  We offer general information in this blog post.  No matter the water you use, watch for stunted growth of your plants.  If this is the case, it may be necessary to change the type of water used. Read more

Cleaning Your Brine Tank

How often do you clean your water softener’s brine tank?  I’m sure not often.  It’s a household chore homeowners don’t often think about or perform until there is an issue with their water.  This isn’t a household chore that needs to be completed often, but maybe once a year.  Since all water softener salt has impurities or water insoluble matter, these impurities will settle on the bottom of the brine tank. They will sit on the bottom of the brine tank and during regeneration will enter the water softener potentially causing a malfunction with your water softener.

Read more

Calculating Salt Usage

Living with soft water in your home has many benefits and it often saves homeowners money in the long run.  Whether it’s at the time of installation or after many years living with soft water, customers ask how much salt they should expect to use on a monthly basis?  There are many variables in salt usage such as th hardness of the water, family size, and type of unit. Keep in mind, every water softener is set differently and vary with usage.   Read more

Soft Water Without Salt?

There are many benefits to owning a water softener.  We won’t list them here, but one of the chores to having clean, soft water is to fill your salt tank from time to time.  We’re all busy and tend to forget to fill your salt tank on a regular basis.  When you do run out of salt, what happens?  Does it ruin your water softener?  What will my water be like? Read more

Drinking Soft Water

When you soften water using a water softener, does the sodium level increase in my water?  Is it safe to drink soft water?  Will my water taste salty from using salt and a water softener?  How much salt is added to my water using a water softener?  These questions are presented to our staff when discussing water, specifically using a water softener within a home.  As part of the water softening process, salt must be used to make soft water.  How much salt is needed depends on the hardness of your home’s water, the number of people living and size of the water softener in the home.

In an Environmental Protection Agency study, an eight ounce glass of soft water has less than 12.5 milligrams of sodium.  This falls in the “very low sodium” category according to the Food and Drug Administration.  Read more

Are Salt Free, Saltless Systems Worth It?

Salt Free, Saltless Water Systems.  We’ve received more inquiries in the past few years about these types of systems with customers wanting to install them in their home.  They seem convenient, easier to maintain, and are environmentally friendly.  Do they work?  Do they remove the hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) from the water?  The main question about salt free, saltless systems is do they provide the same benefits as a water softener? Read more

Soft Water vs. Hard Water

Would you rather have water that will make your skin feel soft and smooth or dry and itchy?  Most people would choose soft and smooth.  Not everyone experiences the soft and smooth feel because not all homes use a water softener to treat their water.  The U.S. Geological Survey states 85% of the water in the United States is hard water.  Even when homes are supplied with city water, the water is hard. Read more

How Does a Water Softener Work?

Did you know 85% of the homes in the United States are affected by hard water?  Even homes supplied with city water have hard water.  The best way to rid hard water in your home is to use a Kinetico water softener.  Having a water softener in your home provides many benefits, but did you […]