In many areas of the country, tap water naturally contains magnesium, iron, and calcium ions, which leave unsightly deposits in your shower, make cleaning more difficult, and even affect the taste of your food. Fortunately, modern manufacturers offer a variety of water conditioning and softening devices capable of removing minerals from even the hardest water. Knowing the difference between water softeners and conditioners will help you choose the best system for your home.
Water conditioners are a broad category of devices that treat the water as it comes into your home. Some are designed to remove minerals, while others tackle a wider array of toxins and even disinfect water by killing bacteria before they get into your pipes. The actual function of conditioning systems varies from one manufacturer to the next, but the most popular and effective generally work by passing water over a conductive plate that attracts hard minerals. Most water conditioners require very little maintenance, other than pulling the plate out and cleaning it once in a while.
A water softener is a specific type of water conditioning unit designed to remove calcium and magnesium. As water moves through the water softener, it passes over plastic beads coated in sodium, which grabs minerals out of the water and replaces them with other ions. Over time, the pellets do eventually lose their sodium coating, so they’ll need to be monitored and periodically switched out.
For over 23 years, Fry Industries has been Sprague River, OR’s, leader in water services, offering everything from well drilling to state-of-the-art filtration and softening systems. With their selection of water conditioning systems, their experts can provide soft, clean water to any home. Schedule a home visit and request an estimate by calling their offices at (541) 533-2509 today.