Fact or Fake: Myths of Water Softeners
There are many myths out there about what will happen if you install a water softener in your home, but at Owens Soft Water, we believe water softeners can be very beneficial. So let’s look at some of the rumors surrounding soft water.
Myth No. 1: Water softeners remove minerals from your water that are actually good for you.
Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium and magnesium that it pulls from the ground and rocks it passes through on the way to your home’s tap, especially if you get your water from a well. Although water softeners do remove those dissolved minerals, the National Research Council says that humans get only a small amount of their calcium and magnesium from drinking water. Our bodies are better able to absorb minerals from the food we eat, so don’t bypass the vegetable, dairy or legume aisles. Get your calcium from milk, cheese and dark leafy greens, and if you are worried about magnesium, eat more whole grains, seeds, avocados, beans and, our favorite, dark chocolate.
Myth No. 2: Water softeners dump so much sodium into your drinking water, it will negatively impact your health
That is false. While water softeners do use sodium ions to help pull dissolved minerals from your water, they actually leave a miniscule amount of salt in your drinking water – so insignificant you would be better off watching how much salt is in your giant hamburger and french fries than worrying about how much salt has been added to your water through the softening process.
Myth No. 3: Water softeners don’t just soften, but they purify your water
That is false. Water softeners do not remove contaminants from your water. Water softeners remove dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, to save your pipes and appliances from calcified mineral buildup, which also can leave hard water spots on glasses, dishes, tiles, and shower curtains. Hard water won’t hurt your health, but it can dry out your hair and make your skin feel itchy. Over time, those minerals can shorten the life expectancy of expensive household appliances, such as your hot water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, and coffee maker, and clog up your pipes, faucets and shower heads, reducing their flow to a trickle.
If you are worried about contaminants in your water, please call Owens Soft Water to conduct a water analysis of your water supply. In most cases, if your drinking water is full of chemicals, bacteria, or heavy metals, we will recommend installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system instead of a water softener. We offer whole home Kinetico-made R/O systems or under the sink models depending on your household’s specific needs. Reverse osmosis systems do soften your water as they remove unwanted contaminants that can make your water taste and smell bad.
Myth No. 4: You only need a water softener if you use well water
That is false. While it is true that most homes that get their drinking water supply from a private well have hard water because their water comes to them untreated, picking up the minerals in the ground as it flows, even homes attached to municipal water supplies can have hard water. It really depends on where the city gets its water supply. Rivers and streams or mountain lakes can also contribute to high levels of minerals in your municipal drinking water.
Myth No. 5: Water softeners are energy wasters
That is false. In fact, Kinetico’s water softeners use kinetic energy – the energy created from moving water – to operate. They don’t use electricity at all. What’s great about that is if your neighborhood ever experiences a power outage, you still know your water softener is doing its job. Of course, if you have well water you will need to wait until the power is restored for your well to work, but there will be no timers to reset. The possibility of a power surge when the electricity comes back on damaging your softener is also eliminated.
Myth No. 6: Water softeners are prohibitively expensive
Water softeners do cost money upfront and some money to maintain over time, but they will save you money on repair and plumbing costs in the future. Eliminating hard water can extend the life of your appliances, plumbing, and water heater. Softened water also makes your hair and skin feel soft and prolongs the life and brightness of your clothes.
Interested in finding out more about our Kinetico line of water softeners or reverse osmosis water filtration systems? Give us a call today. We are happy to help you find the water system that is right for you and give you a free water test.