Welcome to MilwaukeeWaterSoftener.com
Welcome to MilwaukeeWaterSoftener.com, your central information source for water softeners in Milwaukee. We wish to provide you information on types of water softeners, and reasons to consider water softeners in Milwaukee. MilwaukeeWaterSoftener.com wants you to be happy with your choice of systems, and equally happy with the company that you use to install and maintain your water softener sytem.
Five Types of water softening equipment available:
Water softeners are classified in five different category types:
- Manual: Manual water softeners come in several types. Frequency, rate, and time are controlled by an operator, which opens and closes valves, for both backflushing, and recharging.
- Semi-automatic: The operator starts the recharging cycle only.. You push a button when the softener needs recharging and the unit will run and complete the recharging process by itself.
- Automatic: The automatic softener usually is equipped with a timer that automatically starts the recharging cycle and runs every step in the process. The operator only needs to set the timer and add salt when needed. It is the most popular type of softener used.
- Demand initiated regeneration (DIR): All operations are started and performed automatically depending upon water usage . DIR systems usually have two softening tanks and a brine tank. While one tank is softening the other tank is recharging.
- Off-site regeneration : A used softening tank is exchanged with a recharged tank. Spent softening tanks are then recharged at a central location. This takes less space, and is used where there is limited room for the extra tanks.
Problems caused by hard water
Hard water interferes with all types of cleaning. Cleaning problems start when the cleaners do not fully remove dirt and grime. Over time, clothes washed in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. White clothing continually washed in hard water will gradually show a grayish tinge.
Dishes and glassware washed in dishwashers using hard water develop films and spots. . Hard water causes films on glass shower doors, walls and bathtubs. Hair washed in hard water may become dull and lifeless looking.
Regular soaps combine with dissolved calcium and magnesium to form soap curds or soap scum. Soap scum is difficult to remove from sinks and appliances.
Household appliance performance may be affected by hard water use. When heated, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate are removed from the water and produce a scale buildup in the hot water heater. A large scale buildup slows the heating process and requires more energy to heat water.
Water heaters with large accumulations of mineral buildup will have shorter life spans. Scale deposits also corrode and plug plumbing fixtures and accumulate in other appliances affecting their performance.
Items to consider when purchasing an ion exchange water softener
- Test your water to determine the hardness and other impurities that may need to be removed.
- Determine how much softened water your household needs per day, per year.
- What type and size of softener will fit your situation?
- How easy is the softener to clean and/or repair?
- Will the dealer provide service?
- What type of convenience level should a softener offer (manual or automatic operation)?
- Will pretreatment be needed for iron and manganese?
- Will sodium intake be a health problem?
- Will sodium salts overload your septic or sewer system?
- Investigate equipment before purchasing or renting — Don’t rush a purchase.
- Purchase price does not directly indicate a softener’s performance. A moderately priced unit might work as well as an expensive unit.
- When buying or renting, are the installation costs included in the price?
- Don’t buy more equipment than you need. Other removal systems might be better suited for the removal of certain impurities.
- Choose a reputable dealer — get guarantees in writing and read them thoroughly.
- Beware of manufacturer’s advertising that is too good to be true.
- Equipment should carry UL and NSF or AWQA approval.