Homeowners looking to improve the quality of their water are often confused as to the difference between and uses of water softeners and reverse osmosis systems.Knowing which is the right option for your home comes down to understanding what each of these water treatment systems do and how they can benefit you and your family. At World Water Industries our water quality technicians can help you sort out which is best for your home or business. Feel free to give us a call at 1-877-566-8595 to speak to one of our staff who can guide you correctly. Below you will also find some basic information but remember for a detailed analysis of your water we will need to visit your home to do a free water analysis.
Reverse Osmosis = Filtration
Reverse Osmosis water filtration systems are becoming popular among homeowners (especially those with wells) looking for better-tasting, healthier water.
A reverse osmosis system physically removes contaminants and dissolved minerals in your water by forcing them through a filter. Some of the benefits of installing a whole-home or point-of-use reverse osmosis system are:
• Tasteless water – If you find your water has a funny taste, a reverse osmosis system can help by removing the source of the taste.
• No chemicals – Reverse osmosis systems are more environmentally friendly than other water filtration systems because they don’t use any chemicals.
• Soft water – Reverse osmosis systems remove the minerals that cause hard water. So if you install a whole-house system, you can benefit from fewer corroded pipes.
• Removes odors and unusual colors – Some water contaminants and dissolved minerals can cause strange odors and colors in your water. Reverse osmosis systems remove these minerals and pollutants.
Recommended uses: If you have a home with a well that needs filtration, a whole-home reverse osmosis system may be a good idea. Also, if the water in your home tastes or smells funny, you can install a point-of-use system under your sink for cleaner, better-tasting drinking water.
Water Softeners = Conditioning
Where reverse osmosis systems rely on a filter to physically remove contaminants and dissolved minerals from the water, a water softener uses a process known as ionization to replace magnesium and calcium ions with sodium ions.
Hard water is water that contains high concentrations of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium. A water softener “softens” your water by replacing these minerals with less destructive minerals.
Benefits of soft water:
• Natural taste
• Brighter laundry
• Cleaner dishes
• Longer-lasting appliances
• Fewer clogs
Hard water can cause a number of problems in a home. Water softeners were designed to help mitigate those problems.
Recommended uses: A water softener may be a good idea if you are continually having problems with plumbing corrosion because of hard water. Water softeners are not filtration systems and do not remove other contaminants.
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