The Benefits of using a Water Softener in Nebraska
The definition “hard water” is given to water, which has high levels of calcium and or magnesium. Hard water can create an unpalatable taste, even in hot beverages such as coffee or tea. While the level of water hardness can determine the level of potential damage to household appliances, hardness levels can actually affect the taste of drinking water supplies. Quality drinking water should be considered a priority, but it’s often considered a secondary issue, and although the EPA sets the standards for the levels of potential contaminants contained in drinking water supplies, one of the most common causes of poor quality drinking water is its hardness. This is particularly true in Nebraska.
Fortunately, there are a number of different water softener devices capable of removing the particles of calcium and magnesium that make water hard. Not all these devices are made to the same quality standards, however, so it is important to select a system that will do the job effectively and last a long time.
The Many Benefits of Using a Water Softener
There are a wide variety of water treatment options available for residential and small commercial users, but water softeners are considered by far the most economical and readily available choice. Ion exchange water softeners are primarily designed to remove hard water particles such as calcium and magnesium, but some higher quality and more sophisticated filtering systems have the capability of also removing potentially harmful contaminants such as lead, copper and chlorine.
Water softener devices use an ion exchange process, which has been around since the early part of the 20th century, to remove the water hardening mineral particles. But not all water softeners are created of equal quality. Fortunately, there are several ways to ensure that the system you purchase is not only of a good quality, but a good value.
Not All Water Softeners Are Created Equal
The most effective way to ensure that you purchase a high quality water softener is to check the certifications on the device itself. While this may seem daunting, there are a number of units which are certified by reputable industry groups. The certifications will provide assurance that the device or system passed industry standard tests and manufacturer claims have been vetted and validated. The most important certifications to search for are the Gold Seal from the Water Quality Association(WQA) or a seal from Good Housekeeping. There are also a number of other notable certifications including UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory), National Sanitation Foundation International, a CE mark and a certificate for the Uniform Plumbing Code.
Another method of ensuring water softener quality is to check the details of the manufacturer warranty. This warranty is often an effective method for the manufacturer to promote confidence in the product line they are marketing. It is a good idea therefore to compare and cross-reference warranties accompanying the devices by the various manufacturers. Generally, high quality products are supplied with a comprehensive warranty.
Finally, it’s a good idea to select a manufacturer that has a strong reputation in the industry. Reputable and established dealers will often provide consumers with free water testing to confirm the extent of hard water issues and any other problems with water contaminants. Typically, dealers who are members of the WQA will offer a very high standard of service, including expert installation and a wide product line to fit all requirements. This will ensure that your new water ssoftener delivers great quality drinking water for many years to come.
About The Author, Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:
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. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state, 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.