Installing a water softener is a great way to get a better bathing experience and enjoy a higher quality of water for drinking and cooking. Despite the apparent benefits, there are some strange commonly held misconceptions that are just not true. We have gathered together five of these myths, and we will explain here why they are not true.
1. You Will be Drinking Salt Water
Many people believe that installing a water softener will change their drinking water into salt water. It is true that salt is a common part of the water softening process in an ion exchange process. The system will remove the ions of water hardening minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, and replace them with salt ions. This is conducted in a mineral tank that used a sodium ion charge contained in media to affect the exchange. The quantities of salt used are tiny, and you will not notice a salty taste when you’re drinking or cooking with softened water.
2. Your Sodium Intake will be Unhealthy
This follows on from the first point. The amount of sodium ion used will be dependant upon how hard your water is to start with. It’s important to understand that we are dealing with the exchange of ions and even very hard water will be using quantities of sodium that are so low they will have no impact on the health of most people. It is true that those on an extremely low sodium diet could be affected and other people may not enjoy the taste. For these people, a reverse osmosis system may be a better fit to provide softened water without using sodium at all.
3. A Water Softener Can Purify Water
A water softener can remove many minerals and metals that could be detrimental for bathing and cause staining on plumbing fixtures. It’s important to realize that a water softener cannot filter out all contaminants and it will not purify your water. The best way to remove any unwanted tastes, odors, and contaminants is to install a reverse osmosis system as well.
4. Healthy Minerals will be Removed from the Water
The water that comes into our home contains trace amounts of minerals that are beneficial to our health. Some people believe that a water softener will also remove these minerals and make our water less healthy. It is true that our bodies need both calcium and magnesium, but in the water, these minerals are inorganic and cannot be adequately absorbed anyway. Removing calcium and magnesium from your water doesn’t remove any crucial nutrients, and they are better sourced via diet or supplementation.
5. Softened Water Leave a Film on Skin
After a shower using softer water, it’s not unusual for skin to feel slightly oily to the touch. This is not a residue left behind by the softened water, and it’s actually a natural phenomenon. These are the natural oils that are produced by hair and skin, and they prevent issues, such as chapping, drying and scaling. This can take some getting used to, but this is the way that your hair and skin are supposed to feel.
With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.