Many homeowners have questions about water softeners but sometimes can’t find the right answer. Today, let’s answer some common questions about water softeners. Read below for insight on your most frequently asked questions.
Does a Water Softener Make Drinking Water Safe?
This is a great question because few people know if their water is safe to drink after using a softener. Water must already be safe to drink before a water softener can enter the water system. If you’re uncertain whether drinking water in your home is safe, request a bacterial test or a water lab sample from your local health department.
Why Is My Sink Still Staining After Applying Water Softener?
Stains around the sink, floor, or counters are from iron—this discoloration could happen because your tank is running through salt fast. Salt could go through your system more quickly if more people in your home drink water—if that’s not the case, try out these solutions:
- Check that your resin tank is the right size.
- Make sure your tank isn’t regenerating too often.
- Regularly make sure the tank is full of salt.
Can I Use Any Water Softener?
The type of water softener you use matters, as each model works on different hard water levels. You can use an at-home testing kit, a soap suds test, or a test from your local water department to determine your water’s hardness level.
How Does the Soap Suds Water Bottle Test Work?
Try this method if you decide not to contact the local water department or get an at-home test. The soap suds water test starts with a clean empty bottle or a glass. Place 1/3 cup of water into the glass or bottle, then put a few drops of soap in—if you have a bottle, shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
After 15 seconds of shaking or mixing with a spoon, check for bubbles. If there are lots of bubbles, and the water is clear, you have soft water, but if there are few bubbles and the liquid is cloudy, then it’s hard water.
Why Does Water Softener Require Salt?
Water softeners need salt so you have clean beads whenever your system regenerates. When the clean resin beads are reprocessed, the water softener salt breaks down mineral build-up inside your tank to prevent hard water.
How Much Salt Does a Softener Need?
A water softener needs a controlled amount of salt. You should only add what is required for your system. For example, a normal-sized system for a family of 4 only needs 10 pounds. Read the manual on properly filling your water softener to determine the right amount.
Hopefully, we have answered some questions you had about water softeners. Refer to this helpful guide in case you need a reminder!