How Often Do I Need To Add Salt To My Water Softener?

How Often Do I Need To Add Salt To My Water Softener? Your water softener works diligently all day long to remove the minerals that make up hard water.  Whether you’re showering, drawing a pot of water for cooking, or filling a cool pitcher for lemonade, all of the water that you use in your home needs to first pass through your softener. That’s a lot of responsibility for one appliance! While a water softener requires very little maintenance or monitoring for it to continue to deliver consistently soft water, it does require regular additions of softener salt to its brine tank.  If you’re a water softener owner, you are likely familiar with the routine of dumping bags of salt into the short tank next to your softener. But, with life being as hectic as it often is, it can sometimes be difficult to remember to add another bag of salt to your brine tank. What happens to your water softener if you forget to add salt? Are there better ways to remind you to check the salt levels in your tank? Running Out Of Salt To know what can happen to your softener and home if your brine tank runs out of salt, it’s important to first understand how a brine tank works. When the resin media inside of the water softener becomes too full of hardness minerals and cannot capture any more, the brine tank fills with water and soaks the salt, dissolving it to form a brine solution. This brine solution is then drawn into the media tank where it rinses and cleans the media, sending all of the captured hardness minerals to the drain, making the…

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Does Showering In Hard Water Cause Dry Skin?

Does Showering In Hard Water Cause Dry Skin? Do you have concerns about your skin and how your showers might be influencing the condition of it? You’re not the only one. Skin care is essential to maintaining the integrity and youthfulness of your skin. If you or your child is one of the 35 million Americans that suffer from Eczema, you know skin care is a must when treating atopic dermatitis. While habitual regiments, expensive lotions, clinical treatments, and avoidance of the sun can curb symptoms of dry skin, your household water could be having a major impact on your condition. Dry skin can be uncomfortable and as a parent with a child that has eczema, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to minimize the problem. What are dry skin and eczema symptoms? Individuals with dry skin often experience at least one of the following: Skin tightness, especially after showering or bathing.Redness and itching.Flaking, scaling or peeling.Fine lines or cracks that may cause bleeding.Excessive use of lotions and moisturizing soaps. Sufferers of eczema can often experience the same symptoms in addition to severe itching, rough, leathery or scaling patches of skin, swelling and inflammation, and crusting. What causes dry skin and eczema? It is unknown what causes chronic dry skin and eczema but according to the National Eczema Association: “researchers do know that people who develop eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers.” Some of these environmental triggers for dry skin and eczema can be weather, heat, hard soaps and detergents, and other skin conditions such as psoriasis. One environmental catalyst to dry skin and eczema that tends to get overlooked is…

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Are you unsure if your home has hard water? If that’s what’s running through your pipes and coming out of your faucets, it could be causing all sorts of problems. Hard water can lead to clogged plumbing, leave behind soap scum making it hard to clean, cause appliances to wear out, and much more. Even if your water is being treated by the city you live in, that doesn’t mean hard minerals are being removed. 85% of homes across the U.S. have hard water, and the average hardness level is 13 grains per gallon. That’s considered “very hard.” There’s a simple way to see if your home has hard water without having any test performed. All it takes is a clear water bottle and a some pure liquid soap. Follow these steps to put your water to the test. 1. Fill a Clear Container with Water First, find a see-through container like an empty plastic water bottle. We’re using fancy Erlenmeyer flasks because we want to look more scientific. Fill your container about a third of the way to the top with water from your faucet. For our test, we have both hard water and soft water so you can see the difference in the end. 2. Squeeze in Some Pure Liquid Soap Next, squirt about 10 drops of soap into your container. Pure liquid soap is best. Don’t use soap labeled as detergent because it is formulated with additives that will skew results of the test. Castile soap works well because it only has a few ingredients and does not have dyes or perfumes. 3. Shake Vigorously! This is the fun part. Shake your container for at least 10…

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If you question whether your clothes look and feel clean coming out of the washing machine, you’re not alone. Issues with laundry such as yellowing or graying clothes and stiff towels are not uncommon, and if you’re experiencing any of the following issues at home, you are likely dealing with a hard water problem. Common concerns associated with hard water include: Laundry grays or yellows easilyFabric is stiff and not fluffyClothes are weakened or tear easilyWhite or gray streaks appear on colored clothes Why Hard Water and Laundry Don’t Mix Hard water contains dissolved compounds of calcium and magnesium – and, simply put, those minerals do not play nice with detergents. The greater the mineral count, the harder the water and the larger the impact could be on laundry. A study by Purdue University found that clothing washed in hard water wears out 15 percent faster than clothing washed in soft water. Hard water prevents water from mixing with detergent to form an effective cleaning agent. The calcium minerals bond with the soap to create a detergent curd that sticks to the fabric fibers, drawing in more dirt than before you washed your clothes. Over time, detergent residue can turn your white clothes gray or yellow, and you may even discover white or gray streaks on your colored clothes. This buildup is also what makes laundry feel stiff and crusty. When this happens, fabric is less likely to flex, creating more friction that causes unnecessary wear-and-tear on your laundry. To combat this issue, homeowners resort to using even more detergent and hotter water, resulting in additional expenses. At the end of the year, your bills have increased, you’ve spent more in detergent, and you’ve…

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HARD WATER – The damage it causes your appliances.

They just don’t make things like they used to. You’ve probably muttered a statement like that when replacing a washing machine that kicked the bucket, calling a service tech to repair your dishwasher, or had a water heater leak all over the floor. There is something you can do to ensure your water-using appliances have a nice long life. It starts with identifying the problem, and in many cases, the problem is hard water. Here’s why so many appliances end up in the junkyard before their time. How Hard Water Ruins Your Appliances Calcium and magnesium are good for healthy bones, but they are the bad guys when it comes to certain appliances in your home. Those minerals are what make water hard. They’re also responsible for what’s known as scale buildup or mineral deposits. Scale from hard water can clog plumbing, and it damages your water-consuming appliances, wearing them down over time. They become less and less effective until eventually they break down. However, since water softeners remove those hard minerals, treated water doesn’t leave behind the scaly build up that harms appliances. The Water Quality Association (WQA) commissioned a study in 2009 examining the impact of hard water on typical household appliances and fixtures. See some of the results below. (Read the complete Battelle study online) Based on 2009 WQA Research It’s plain to see how hard water can ruin appliances. The WQA research indicates hard water damage takes years off the life of dishwashers and washing machines. Having a water softener in your home helps protect these costly appliances. But, that’s not all … WQA researchers also found that with soft water, appliances need to use less soap and detergent and can be run at lower temperatures,…

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A Home Water Filtration System Saves Money

Water is considered to be one of the essential elements of life and needs to go through a filtering process before it can be used. Yet even if you are on city water, impurities may be infiltrating your water supply, without your even knowing it.Think about how often you use water throughout your home: you not only drink it, you use it for bathing, washing clothes and dishes, bathroom use and cleaning. The quality of your water affects all aspects of your life, from your own health to the longevity of your plumbing.The bright solution is to install a home water filtration system. Yes, there is an expense to doing so, but before you say it’s too expensive, let’s explore how the ways in which it can actually save you money in the long run. Here are some examples:

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Hard Water May Be The Cause Of These 5 Housecleaning Headaches

When you have hard water, it can be difficult to keep your home sparkling clean. Hard water contains high levels of various minerals, including calcium and magnesium. As water runs over and through certain types of rock, it dissolves minerals, which remain in the water. These minerals react with soap to create a scummy residue that remains on surfaces after you clean.Homes all over the country have different water quality issues, but hard water is one of the most common, and it causes housecleaning headaches. Here are five ways hard water makes it difficult to keep your house looking its best.

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