While a water softening system can be fairly common for both residential and commercial buildings, it is common for homeowners to be unsure and uninformed when it concerns these important plumbing devices. If you are to be well-informed when it comes time to decide whether to install a water softener, you will need to be mindful of the basic information about these systems.
How Will You Know Whether You Can Benefit From A Water Softening System?
It may seem like it will be extremely difficult for you to test the quality of water in your home. However, this task is fairly simple when it comes to testing the mineral concentrations of a home's water. More precisely, you can easily perform these tests with kits that can be purchased from local hardware stores. When using one of these tests, you will need to perform the test on water samples from each faucet in your home. This is due to the fact that the various pipes in the home can have different amounts of mineral accumulations, which can impact the hardness of the water.
How Is A Water Softener Able To Remove Excess Minerals From The Water?
Removing the excess minerals from your home's water is a fairly complicated task. It will involve using sodium to displace and replace the unwanted minerals that are in the water. Replacing the minerals in the water with sodium particles is necessary to prevent the water from leaching minerals out of the pipes as it flows through the house. While the process of removing these minerals from the water is fairly complicated, the effort that will be needed from you to maintain the system is fairly low as you will simply need to add more salt to the system when it starts to run low.
Why Is A Drain Necessary For A Water Softener?
When a water softening system is installed, it will need to be connected to a drain. Over the course of removing the minerals from the water, it can be possible for the water softener to start to become backed up. By having access to the drain, this water will be able to easily exit the system if it starts to become in danger of overflowing.
Even when the water conditioner is working correctly, it will still require a drain. This is due to the fact the water conditioner will create a wastewater from the saltwater brine that is used to remove the excess minerals. If you do not currently have a drain installed near where the water softener will be placed, you may need to have one added or install a long tube that can connect the water softener to a drain.