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3 Factors To Consider When Selecting Salt For Your Water Softener

Joann Gardner

Hard water can wreak havoc on your home. The minerals found in hard water can cling to the surface of your shower surround, sinks, and toilets. This mineral residue builds up over time, creating hard-to-clean limescale. Hard water can also cause your skin and hair to dry out.

A water softener is a valuable tool in the fight against hard water. Water softeners rely on salt to remove trace minerals. This salt comes in a variety of forms, and deciding which type of salt is best for your home can be challenging.

1. Determine how much time you want to invest in maintenance.

As you select a salt product for your water softener, you need to consider the amount of time you want to dedicate to routine maintenance. Water softeners work by using a supply of salt to complete an ion exchange process which eliminates minerals from your incoming water supply.

If you don't mind cleaning out water-insoluble materials left in your water softener often, then you can choose a more affordable solar salt pellet product. If you want to minimize the amount of maintenance required to keep your water softener running properly, the higher purity of evaporated salt pellets will keep water-insoluble material buildup to a minimum.

2. Determine the hardness of your water supply.

Another factor that can affect the type of salt that will be most beneficial in your water softener is the hardness level of your incoming water supply. Hardness can vary from one region to the next.

If your incoming water contains a relatively low concentration of trace minerals, then an affordable solar salt pellet product will be equipped to handle your water-softening needs. Homes that have a higher concentration of minerals in their municipal water supply will need to rely on the purity of evaporated salt pellets to adequately soften the water used throughout the home each day.

3. Determine special health needs.

Doctors often place individuals with a high risk of heart disease on low-sodium diets. Reducing salt intake can help alleviate pressure on the heart and ward off disease. Using salt in a water softener could negatively affect your health if you are trying to minimize your sodium intake.

You should opt for a potassium chloride pellet to soften your hard water instead of using a sodium chloride product if you are worried about the level of sodium that might be present in your drinking water after softening. For more information, contact a company like Water-Pro.


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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.