Pro water solutions has different water softeners for all size homes with residential, water well, and commercial equipment available at the lowest prices with the best service.
The Pro Water Solutions Website has demonstrated some of the problems associated with hard water – you avoid these problems by using a water softener to treat the water coming into your house. Self regenerating softeners are a viable option however because the water will still have chlorine, ammonia, chloramines and other chemicals in it Pro Water Solutions recommends a carbon filtration system in conjunction with a softener.
Remember, hard water is caused by excess dissolved mineral content, namely calcium and magnesium. A water softener works by removing these minerals and replacing them with common salt ions, either sodium or potassium.
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*Please remember that salt and potassium based softeners require minimal maintenance and have a small ongoing cost. Cities in California have the ability to ban these water softeners. Santa Clarita has already done so and many other cites may make the independent decision to follow the example. However, after the ban in the Santa Clarita, which was the first city, there was no measurable improvement of chloride levels and no measurable benefit to the environment. Installing a water softener in your home benefits you in many ways. Please read the last section on this page to understand how the water softener benefits the environment not harms it. The water softener will improve your carbon footprint.
Buying the Best Water Softener
A good water softening system can last for a decade or two with the proper and required maintenance. On-going maintenance requires refilling the brine tank with salt pellets. You can buy water softener salt pellets at most hardware or home supply stores except in brine restricted areas like the Santa Clarita Valley– they come in plastic tubs or bags that you simply dump into the brine tank to the specified level.
As the salt is consumed each month, you check the level in the brine tank and refill as needed. Salt is cheap and costs only a few bucks a bag (for 40 lbs). You can buy water softeners that are timer controlled or water meter controlled (i.e., operating depending on the measured flow of water rather than on the clock).
How much do water softeners cost?
A water softener system can cost from about $1100, while installation charges can be an additional $300-$500. By adding a Carbon Filtration unit to remove chlorine and other harmful contaminates your water should no longer be problematic and you water will have fresh good taste. After that, the ongoing costs are just electricity to run the system and monthly salt expenses which should not exceed about $2.50 per person in the household, or about $10 for an average family. Pro Water installs water softeners. They are priced and sold based on their processing capacity, with the top of the line being the Super Capacity with a 45,200 grain capacity, made for families of 5 or more. It can handle up to 200 lbs of salt at a time. The slightly smaller Water Softener System (39,300 grain capacity) sells for about $750. Pro Water can advise you on the best water softener application for your needs and home or business size.
Don’t Pay for a Name!
There are only 4 major components of a Water Softener: Control Valve, Resin Tank, Brine Tank and Resin. There are only a few manufacturers of each of these components. Fleck or Clack control valves are on our water softeners and on the majority of water softeners. Why pay $3,000 to $7,000 for a product that has the same components as a Pro Water Softener.
Get Back Washing Carbon With Your Softener.
Pro Waters Recommendation: This may seem like another expense or sales tactic, however, if clean, fresh, tasty, and contaminate/chlorine free water is important to you, Pro Water Solutions, Inc., can provide you with an affordable solution.
Be aware of internet companies selling water softeners. These companies are unable to provide you with local service. They all show great reviews and testimonials. However, the people we talk with are often disappointed with their decision. The high profile brands of water softeners go completely the opposite in order to justify their high price. They make you think you will need service on a regular basis.
In my 20 years of business, a very small percentage of quality water softeners need more than 1 service call every 5 to 8 years.
How Can We Offer Low Prices
Our products are manufactured right here in Los Angeles. As such, we save on shipping and handling costs and pass those savings on to you. We also operate with a very low overhead so that we can keep our prices affordable all year round.
A Word of Caution
All water treatment companies claim to work on all models. However, some service companies want to get face to face with you in order to sell you service costs and a new water softener. They assume you do not know anything about water softeners and you are at their mercy.
Most water softeners can be repaired and we can help. A quality water softener should last approximately 10 to 12 years. Beyond 12 years, the repairs become too frequent and too expensive with no guarantees. However, there is no reason to replace a 5 year old, quality water softener. If you are told your unit is not repairable, get a small service company to give you a second opinion. Your repairs might be as low as $200 and probably not higher than $500.
Pro Water Solutions, Inc., does these types of repairs. Of course, another option is replacing your water softener with a quality Pro Water Solutions Water Softener. Most water treatment dealers would much prefer to sell you a new unit than repair an old one. This is routine in this industry. The exception is department store units. They last 2-5 years and are not worth repairing.
The Environmental Benefits of Soft Water
Mon May 24 00:00:00 PDT 2010
(ARA) – When you think of soft water, the first thing that probably comes to mind is lustrous, easy-to-manage hair. Another benefit is washing clothes in soft water leaves them softer and saves a significant amount of detergent. Best of all, when cleaning, you don’t get that ugly bathtub ring.
By eliminating hard water minerals, you can see health and cosmetic benefits, as well as reduce the maintenance costs associated with scale buildup in home plumbing.
The water softening process is actually quite simple. Hard water is passed through a bed of negatively charged ion exchange resin beads which absorb and bind positively charged hardness ions. The beads initially contain sodium ions, which swap over with the hard calcium and magnesium ions. The “harder” the water, the more sodium ions are required to soften it. As the resin beads become loaded with hardness ions, they lose their effectiveness and must be regenerated – a process that is accomplished by passing a sodium chloride solution through them so that they return to their original state. Modern water softeners have control devices to minimize the amount of waste water during regeneration.
Regeneration waste water has come under environmental criticism even though it has not been proven to be a problem under most conditions. In response to these concerns, the Water Quality Association contracted the prestigious Battelle Institute to look at whether ion exchange water softening is an eco-friendly technology able to provide a reduced carbon footprint in homes by significantly increasing the efficiency of home heating technologies.
Scientific testing focused on the impact of soft water on the life and energy use of appliances commonly used in U.S. homes, including all types of water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers as well as plumbing fixtures such as showerheads and faucets.
The results of the studies showed that with softened water, all water heaters maintained 100 percent efficiency over a simulated 15-year lifetime, but with hard water, the gas and electric heater efficiency dropped by 25 percent – an incredible loss in energy utilization. In the case of the new instant tank less water heaters, on hard water they completely failed to function because of plugged-up scale or mineral build-up associated with hard water, after only 1.6 years of simulated use – about a tenth the normal life of the appliance. In addition, soft water saved between 40 to 57 percent of energy costs compared to tank less heaters running on hard water.
When tested on showerheads and faucets, soft water maintained a high polish on the finish and a full water flow. With hard water, showerheads scaled up and lost 75 percent of their flow rate in less than 18 simulated months and could not maintain the required flow rate because of scaling, which completely plugged the strainers after 19 days of testing.
Soft water also has been studied for its health aspects. One report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, titled “Opportunistic pathogens enriched in showerhead bio films,” describes the potential for scaled-up showerheads to harbor pathogenic microorganisms that cause pulmonary problems.
Without scale buildup, these microorganisms do not have a chance to anchor in and grow – they simply get washed away. “We conclude that showerheads may present a significant potential exposure to aerosolized microbes, including documented opportunistic pathogens. The health risk associated with showerhead microbiota needs investigation in persons with compromised immune or pulmonary systems,” concluded the report.
The net results of the Battelle study show that by maintaining a high level of efficiency, home water heaters, faucets, showerheads and various appliances will use significantly less energy, resulting in a dramatically decreased carbon footprint with soft water. Appliances will last longer, contributing to less waste and improved health by eliminating scaled surfaces that could harbor pathogenic bacteria.
Courtesy of ARAcontent