A water softener is used to remove hardness and iron in the water using salt as part of the ion exchange process.

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Renting vs. Purchasing Equipment

Hard water is the pits.  The time will come when a homeowner will need to replace water treatment equipment or purchase new.  The tough decision is to rent or buy and the decision depends on each homeowner’s situation.  Purchasing is not the only option.  Companies do rent water softeners for a short term lease, which can be cost effective for a homeowner.  We’ll dive into the pros and cons of each option to help make a decision, which is best for each family. Read more

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

What is Hard Water?

Have you noticed white deposits on your fixtures in the bathroom or spots on your shower door?  If you have, it’s hard water.  From bathing to energy consumption using appliances hard water has an effect on everything.  In fact, more than 85% of homes in the United States have hard water to some degree.

Hard water is defined as water with high mineral content consisting of calcium and magnesium.  It occurs when water percolates 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

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 […]

Hard Water in Your Home

Hard Water in Your Home Hard water in the home is hard on you and your appliances.  Not only does hard water leave your skin dry and your hair brittle, it will also leave a film on the shower door, rings in the toilet and bathtub.  Hard water creates more work for you as a […]

Filling Your Salt Tank

How full should I fill my salt tank?

Since salt is an essential variable to soft water.  Our employees are often asked “How much salt should I put in my salt tank when filling it?”

A family who uses a lot of water can fill the salt tank completely full, but it is strongly recommended the salt tank not be filled until water can be seen at the bottom of the salt tank.  Why?  If the salt tank is filled full and continually topped off with a few bags of salt, it can cause a salt bridge. Read more