We have two types of water, the hard water which contains mainly calcium and magnesium, some bicarbonates and sulfates, and the soft water which has little or none of the mentioned mineral contents. For us to transform hard water into soft water, we let it undergo a system with the use of water softener where there is a reduction of the minerals of the hard water thereby making it into soft water.
By testing your present water supply, you will know the level of its hardness and thus can determine if its needs softening. If you have hard water, you will notice that your washed clothes are a little harsh, while clothes washed with soft water, you will have a softer and cleaner clothing, less use of shampoos and household cleaning detergents and longer appliance use life.
In order to determine the kind of water softener you need, it is advisable that you check first your household daily needs and make a comparison of the output of the equipment you want to review. You then have to make a choice if you want an equipment that is manually operated, semi-automatic, or fully automatic, where in manual, you will do the opening and closing of the valves yourself while in automatic, the machine will conduct its own initiation to recharge the cycle. Therefore, if a fully automatic equipment, all you have to do is set the timer and add the salt, considering that the water softener is salt-based.
It is also recommended that you review if pretreatment of the water is necessary in order to eliminate the iron and manganese, review the full installation cost, review your needs against the features of the manufacturer, and that the equipment is rated by a reputable institution. Aside from previously mentioned considerations, you have to identify also where you will install the unit of your water softener, how often will you change the salt, and what maintenance routine should you conduct.
Be aware that in the operation and maintenance of your water softener equipment, you will have to be involved with it. And so even if your water softener system is fully automatic, you will still be involved in the restocking of the salt supply for the brine solution. Another need that you have to do is to clean the brine tank periodically, for the cleanliness of the tank will depend on how much quantity of salt you put in and how pure the salt was.
Since there are many brands sold in the market today, it is important that you make some research through online for example, and read reviews of the different kinds, its ratings, prices and how easy it is to install.