Water softeners are something that we can see in every household today. Of course, water softeners are essential when it comes to household needs as most of the places around the world receive hard water in their homes which can not only damage utensils and other electronics that require water but can also cause problems to people as well in the form of skin irritation and so on.
There are many water softener reviews out there that help you in finding the best water softener setup you need for your home depending on your consumption and preference.
However, what these articles do not inform you is some disadvantages or low points about water softeners.
After researching about water softeners to purchase one myself, below are some of the facts I found about water softeners and soft water in general.
Hard Truth about Water Softeners
1. Hard water minerals are not harmful
Water that contains hard minerals like calcium and magnesium are considered to be hard water. When a water softener is used, the softener system replaces the calcium, magnesium or such hard elements with softer minerals like Sodium and Potassium.
However, calcium and magnesium are two of the essential nutrients that the body need. So, not all hard water is actually harmful. It is when these minerals exceed the permitted level that it causes problems to people, buildup on utensils and create such issues.
If you feel that hard water runs through your house, the best thing to do is to test the hardness of the water first and decide based on the results on whether to install a water softener or not. Water with hardness less than 1.0GPG is considered soft water whereas water with hardness above 7.0GPG is considered hard water. Any value between means that the water is not hard enough to have a water softener installed.
2. Soft water is not healthy for all
Softened water is best for household purpose, but when it comes to the health standpoint, it may not be right for everyone. Calcium is the most common mineral used by water softeners to replace the hard minerals, and increased levels of sodium can increase your blood pressure and is not at all advised for people with kidney-related diseases.
However, calcium from softened water will only not be a factor to increase your body’s sodium content. If you already have a sodium-rich diet, then the calcium softened water may contribute to improving the level.
If you are having a health condition wherein you need to limit your consumption of sodium, then try using Potassium as the mineral in your water softener setup.
3. Water softeners are expensive
Setting up a water softener system in your home can be quite expensive depending on the number of members in your home and the type of setup you choose.
Moreover, if proper research is not done and if you go for a water softener setup that has a lower capacity than what is required by your home, it may end up being even costlier for you as you will have to change the salt content in the water softener system more frequently.
Also, water softeners do not filter the water and only converts hard water to soft water. Even with a water softener system installed, you will also require a filtration setup if not already installed with the water softener.
So what are your thoughts on the above article featuring the hard truth about water softeners? Do share your views as comments below.