When it comes to improving the quality of your home’s water, there is more than one approach to choose from. In fact, you can opt for multiple water conditioning systems to achieve the perfect level of clean, clear, high-performance, plumbing and drinking water. However, in order to curate the proper combination of water purification techniques, you must first familiarize yourself with all of your options. You see, many people make the mistake of assuming that water filtration is synonymous with water softening, when in fact, they are two separate types of water purification systems that differ in the types of water contaminants they target, and how.
Continue reading to learn the difference between filtered water and soft water, including who to talk to about your water quality questions and concerns.
Filtered water is drinking water that has been passed through a system of filters to remove unwanted contaminants and heavy metals. Such contaminants include chlorine, arsenic, sulfur, organic matter, inorganic matter, microbial pathogens, and potentially (but rate), even radioactive elements. There are several options for filtering and purifying your home’s drinking water. The most popular types of water filtration systems include reverse osmosis systems, whole-house iron filtration systems, whole-house water filters, and more. Common filtration options for well water may include well water filters, iron filtration, iron removal systems, iron bacteria removal, iron filters, iron water filtration, and more.
Soft water is water that has had excess hard minerals removed. The most common system used to soften water is a water softener, which uses an ion-exchange technology that trades soft minerals for hard ones. Inside a tank-style water softener, which are the most common among residential properties, there are resin beads. These beads are positively charged, and as water passes through them, they attract and absorb the negatively-charged hard minerals, and swapping them for softener ones; usually potassium chloride (salt pellets). The resin beads then flush the hard minerals out, recharge, and get ready for another cycle. See our blog, “What is the Difference Between Soft Water and Hard Water?” to learn more about hard water removal methods.
Want Better Quality Water at Home?
Call Soft Water by Weilhammer Plumbing at 317-749-0949 if you would like to learn how to improve your drinking water on a budget. You have several options for Indianapolis water purification, including reverse osmosis, water filtration, water softening, and more. Our licensed plumbers are soft water professionals who know exactly how to assess your home’s water purification needs. Trust us for honest service at a fair price.