The Purpose of Water Softeners
What is “Hard Water”?
Hard water has a higher than average concentration of minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Water hardness is measured in grains or parts per million (ppm). The Water Quality Association recommends a water softener for the home if the water hardness is 10 grains (171 ppm).
Hard water causes lime scale to form inside water pipes and hot water heaters, which reduces performance and efficiency. Unsightly lime scale also forms on the outside of faucets as a result of hard water.
An easy way to test for hard water is to use ordinary soap and wash your hands. Soap lathers easiest and best in softer water. The harder the water, the less reaction the soap, detergent, or hair product will have. Soap consumption in the home or business will decrease 40%.
Recent studies by the Water Quality Association have proven that the water softener is a benefit to the environment. Water softeners improve the energy efficiency of appliances in the home and improve in the home owners carbon footprint.
How does Water Hardness vary Around the U.S.?
According to Wikipedia, more than 85% of American homes have water that can be termed “hard”. One of the states with the hardest water is California, particularly Southern California.
What does a “Water softener” do, and How does it Do it?
A water softener removes the positively charged ions that cause water to be “hard” and replaces them with sodium (salt) ions. In other words, a water softener is simply an ion exchanger.
A water softener accumulates calcium and magnesium minerals in it’s tank. Periodically, these minerals are flushed down the drain when the water softener regenerates.
Salt (sodium chloride) is added to the water softener tank during regeneration. The more often a water softener is regenerated, the more salt will be used. Pro Water Solutions uses the most salt efficient system available in today’s market and uses a metered valve to save salt usage. When the water is not used the system will not regenerate.
What is “Regeneration”?
Regeneration flushes the hard water minerals down the drain and recharges the water softener so it can perform as intended.
There are three phases to water softener regeneration:
The water softener basically consists of 3 components:
- Resin or mineral tank
- Brine tank
- A Control valve
The mineral tank is directly connected to the incoming water supply and is filled with small, negatively charged resin beads. The negatively charged ions “grab” the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions. “Backwashing” removes any dirt particles that might be present.
The second component of the water softener system is the brine tank. This tank contains water and salt (sodium chloride). When the solution in the brine tank is flushed into the mineral tank (known as “regeneration”), the positively charged sodium ions wash out the calcium and magnesium ions. “Rinsing” flushes the mineral containing brine solution down the drain. The result is “soft water”, water with far fewer “hard” minerals.
The whole process is automatically controlled by a timer connected to the water softener control valve so the process is continuous.
Can a Water Softener Harm a Septic Tank system?
No. A properly functioning septic tank system will not be harmed by the brine discharged from a water softener. In addition, use of a water softener often means less detergent will be used for washing clothes, dishes, and other uses, which is good for the septic tank system. Click here to learn why water softeners do not have a negative impact on your septic system.
When the cloths are washed in water with a high mineral content the mineralized grind and destroy the fabrics. The softer the water the less wear and tear on fabrics resulting in longer life of clothes and huge savings.
Buying the Best Water Softener
A good water softening system can last for a decade or two with the proper care 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 softener restricted areas like the Santa Clarita Valley – they come in plastic bags that you simply pour 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 inexpensive. It costs only a few dollars a bag (for 40 lbs).
Another benefit of the water softener is the skin and hair. Homeowner that have water softener will boast that the minerals that were removed by the water softener makes their skin less dry and flaky. They also notice a big improvement the way they feel after a shower in soft mineral free chlorine free water. Click here to learn more about the effects of hard water on skin and hair.
How Much Do Water Softeners Cost?
Our competitors start water softener systems for an average home at about $5000.00 and we are about 40% less in cost and work very hard to solve our customers problems and not try to sell them systems and filtration equipment they do not need. We do not employee aggressive salespeople on high commissions. We pass the cost directly to the client. Our installers are experts and are never sub contracted plumbers. We are insured, bonded, and specially licensed in the state of California for water filtration. Pro Water Solutions also proudly retains an A+ the Better Business Bureau. Please see our report at www.bbbso.com.
By adding a Carbon filtration unit to remove chlorine and other harmful contaminates your water should no longer be problematic and your water will have a fresh, good taste. Chlorine and other aggressive disinfectants are proven to be cancer causing and you can be confident no chlorine or chloramines will enter your home and you whole family can receive the benefit of chemical free water. Click here to read more on “the experts in your shower.”
Ongoing costs include 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 Solutions 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 70,000 grain capacity, made for families of 5 or more. It can handle up to 200lbs of salt at a time. The slightly smaller Water Softener System (35,000 grain capacity).
Pro Water can advise you on the best water softener for your needs and size the softener for your pipe size, home size, and family members. We will also test your water hardness and program the system specifically for your cities water supply for the maximum salt efficiency possible it be home or business.
Don’t Pay for an expensive Water Softener because of Brand 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. Clack control valves are on our water softeners and on the majority of water softeners on the market. Why pay $4,000 to $7,000 for a product that has the same components as a ProWater softener?
Get Back-Washing Carbon and KDF-55 With Your Softener. This may seem like another expense or sales tactic. See Brochure on KDF-55.
However, if clean, fresh, good tasting, and contaminate/chlorine free water is important to you…Pro Water Solutions will provide you with an affordable solution to whatever your needs are. We are here to help.
Beware of Internet companies selling water softeners. They do not provide installation. They have no local service. Yes, they have reviews and testimonials. However, the people we talk with every day are often disappointed with their decision because once they bought their system, the buyers were on their own.
The high profile brands of water softeners go the opposite direction in order to justify their high prices. They make you think you will need service on a regular basis. In my 20 years in the business, only a small percentage of quality water softeners systems need more than 1 service call every 5 to 8 years.
If you’re looking for real value, buy from a local contractor who will make sure you have the right system, install it correctly, and service it if it should become necessary.
- You can buy a cheap system and be all on your own;
- You can buy an expensive system and pay for regular service that you don’t need; or
- You can buy from a local licensed contractor and get the most value for your hard-earned money.
It’s your money… and it’s your choice.
How Can We Offer Low Prices?
Our products are manufactured right here in Los Angeles. Therefore, we save on shipping and handling costs and pass those savings on to you. We also operate with a low overhead so that we can keep our prices affordable all year round. Our softeners and all the comments are made here in USA.
A Word of Caution
All water treatment contractors claim to work on all models. However, some service companies want to get face-to-face with you in order to sell you a service contract and a new water softener or get you committed to exchange tank service. They assume you don’t know anything about water softeners which means you are at their mercy.
Exchange tanks are an option for some people but they are very expensive and add another bill, that never goes away. Exchange tanks service soft water is also inconsistent in nature. The home or business always has to be conscious of running out of soft water before its time to get weekly delivered tanks. Exchange tank service is also extremely bad for the environment. The carbon footprint of the emissions from these large trucks is massive. The company that handles this service also needs access to the garage even if you not home on a weekly basis. If a homeowner has a monthly bill of $50 per month the homeowner will spend $6000.00 with nothing to show for it after 10 years. Just for soft water?
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 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 the water industry.
The exception is department store units. They last 2-5 years and are not worth repairing.
Can a Water Softener help reduce dry skin problems?
Water from a water softener is gentle to the skin and hair, and less soap and shampoo is needed which further increases the benefits of a water softener.
How to Chose a Water Softener Contractor
- Do they have at least an “A+” Better Business Bureau rating?
- Does their water softener equipment have a Water Quality Association “Gold Seal”?
- Is the contractor a member of the Water Quality Association?
- If you are considering buying your water softener from an internet company, department store, or “wholesale” outlet:
- Who will install the water softener and assume full responsibility for proper performance and installing it in full compliance with all applicable building codes?
- Who is responsible for damage if the water softener or the new plumbing leaks?
- Who troubleshoots the system if there is any problem?
- Who troubleshoots the system if there is any problem?
- The familiar statement, “Some assembly required”, takes on a whole new meaning when you buy a water softener from one of these sources.
- Avoid water softener contractors who try to get you to sign up for regular service because the reality is that the average installation needs maybe one service call in 5 to 8 years.
- Will the contractor state in writing that they will not use “day labor” on your project? “Day laborers” are not insured. If one of them gets injured on your job, you could be held liable as their “employer”.
- Does the contractor have valid liability and worker’s compensation insurance? Insist on being listed as “additionally insured” on their insurance policies. These are certificates issued directly from the insurance carriers. There may or may not be an extra charge for this.
Pro Water Solutions is a leading provider of water softening solutions. We provide the best quality products coupled with unsurpassed customer services. We sell and install our products to insure customer satisfaction throughout the entire process.
Since 2001, our team of skilled professionals has been educating homeowners about the benefits of installing water softening systems, suggesting the best quality products in the marketplace, and offering peace-of-mind to clients throughout Southern California.
If you are considering a water softener for your home or office, please feel free to give us a call at (866) 442-6411 / (661) 373-7597. We will make your shopping experience information, easy, and fun.