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Water Softeners and Reverse Osmosis: Which is For You?

July 12, 2019

Everyone and every home needs water, whether from private wells or residential water systems. Unfortunately, depending on your situation, your water quality might not be where you want or need it to be, which is why many homeowners turn to water softener systems, reverse osmosis systems, or both. 

But what is the difference and what option is right for you?

Water Softeners

Water softeners treat hard water, which is water with abnormally high concentrations of magnesium and calcium ions. This is usually due to limestone or chalk deposits in your well system, and it’s a problem. Because of contaminates, hard water has a peculiar taste and can leave ugly, hard-to-remove stains, corrosion, and mineral deposits on your appliances over time. It even reacts with soap so that you get soap scum instead of bubbles and clean dishes, laundry, or skin. 

Fortunately, softening water is a relatively straightforward process. Once installed, the water softener system traps these incoming magnesium and calcium ions, chemically replacing them with non-reactive sodium (salt) ions for trouble-free plumbing performance. This means you’ll see:

  • Cleaner dishes
  • Brighter, longer lasting laundry
  • Better appliance/plumbing performance and lifespan
  • Better tasting water

Reverse Osmosis

While water softeners chemically treat water, targeting hard water minerals, reverse osmosis (RO) systems are essentially intense filtration systems, which have become increasingly popular among homeowners regardless of their water source. During the reverse osmosis process, water is forced through a microscopically-fine membrane, which blocks and removes dissolved minerals and other contaminates from the water you drink and use.

With a reverse osmosis system running you’ll notice:

  • Better tasting, high quality water with no saltiness, off-colors, or smells
  • Also, great high quality water for your ice and washing fruits and vegetables

But there is a potential problem with running a reverse osmosis system on its own: wear and tear.

A Great Combination

Reverse osmosis systems need to be pre-treated (removing high amounts of hardness and iron)….to protect the membranes….and prolong the overall maintenance of the system.

By using a water softener before your RO system you reduce water hardness, which protects the RO unit to deliver clean, high quality water to your home. It’s a great solution for impeccably clean high quality water no matter your local supply.

The Right Option for You

Your home and water supply is unique to you, and local services are available to help you evaluate your water quality and recommend an ideal solution, whether that solution includes water softening, reverse osmosis, or both. 

And remember, for all your plumbing hardware and supply needs, your local Godwin has you covered!

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