Sometimes, homeowners might be all set up with a water softener and enjoy softened water, but still want to know if they can do anything to make their water even softer. After all, the softer and purer the water, the better; right? Although it may seem silly to want to soften water that is already soft, it is a common request and consideration among homeowners. In fact, there are a few options for those who wish to do just that. Continue reading if you are one of those homeowners too!
Soft Water Solutions
If you have soft water in your home, chances are, you own a water softener. This is the most effective appliance for the job. All homes should be equipped with one if possible since the benefits of soft water are so valuable. But if you want your water to be softer without replacing and upgrading your current water softener, there might just be some options that will work. More specifically, there are three common methods for improving the softness of water in your home: 1) installing a reverse osmosis system, 2) upgrading your salt pellets, and routine water softener maintenance.
❶ Reverse Osmosis
A reverse osmosis system (RO) is not necessarily a water softening system as much as it is a water filtration system. However, it still removes heavy metals and various other contaminants, which at least improves the quality of your drinking water. Most RO systems can remove 95 to 99 percent of total dissolved solids (TDS) and several other impurities. They can even reduce the taste and odor of chlorine. The most important part of owning an RO system is to remember the filter changes and to sterilize them once a year.
❷ Upgraded Salt Products
If you want to improve on the softness of your water, you might want to consider upgrading the type of salt pellets you use for your water softener. This is especially true if you are using a generic version or very old bags of salt. You may be using a $4 to $5 dollar bag right now, but there are premium salt pellet products that range between $7 and $10 for a 40 standard pound bag. There are also $25 to $30 bags of salt alternative potassium pellets you might want to consider.
❸ Water Softener Maintenance
If you think your water softener needs some help, perhaps it is because your routine maintenance plan could use some work. Water softeners require a certain degree of maintenance in order to perform well for as long as possible. This includes period inspections, service, and cleaning. Most often, homeowners hire a professional water softener company for these services. Keeping your water softener properly maintained will enhance its performance and extend its life.