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  1. 10/16/2015 WATER SOFTENERS - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
  2. A water softener is a mechanical unit designed to remove hardness from water. Softened water allows soap to form suds easily. It does not build up scale in boilers or hot water heaters and does not leave large mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures, glass shower/tub doors, swamp coolers and cooking utensils.

     

    Potential Problems: A water softener requires maintenance to ensure the unit is performing properly. We recommend the unit be serviced regularly.

     

    A water softener in poor working condition can be the cause of:

     

    ·       Lower pressure in the house (most units can be bypassed temporarily, this will restore normal pressure until the unit can be serviced)

    ·       Water quality - if the unit is not in use it should be taken out of service, unplugged and by-passed to prevent taste and odor problems

     

    Other important items to remember:

     

    ·       Salt used during the softening exchange can be corrosive to the home plumbing system; this includes water heater anodes.

    ·       Due to the increase of sodium in softened water, individuals with sodium-restricted diets should check with their physician to determine what levels of sodium are acceptable in softened drinking/cooking water.

    ·       A water softener timer stuck in the regeneration cycle will dump water down the drain, increasing water usage and operational costs.