We differentiate water into two types and these are the hard water containing minerals mainly like calcium, magnesium, some bicarbonates and sulfates, and the soft water which contain little or none of the mentioned minerals. To transform hard water into soft water, we reduce its mineral content through a process with the aid of water softener.
It is assumed that if you want your water to become soft, that you have tested first for the hardness of your present water supply. Note that having hard water will make your washed clothes appear harsh, while washing your clothes with soft water will lead to a softer and cleaner clothes, longer life of your appliance, and you will consume less of your shampoos and other household cleaning detergents.
It is advisable to see first which water softener will fit your household needs, and you can do this by checking your daily household needs and compare it to the output of the equipment you want to check out. Then make a decision if you want a fully manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic of your equipment, where you have to open and close the valves, while in automatic, the equipment would initiate its own recharging cycle. Therefore, if a fully automatic equipment, all you have to do is set the timer and add the salt, considering that the water softener is salt-based.
Other considerations of your water softener would be to check first if the water would need pretreatment in order to remove the iron and manganese, and make a review as to the cost of the installation, the features of the manufacturer against your needs, and if the equipment has been rated by reliable group. You have to consider too where you will position your water softener, how often you change the salts, and what is its maintenance routine.
Know that you will be involved in the operation and maintenance of your water softener equipment. Thus, it would still be necessary that you restock the salt supply for the brine solution, even if you chose to get a fully automatic water softener. Another need that you have to do is to clean the brine tank periodically, for the cleanliness of the tank will depend on how much quantity of salt you put in and how pure the salt was.
Since there are many brands sold in the market today, it is important that you make some research through online for example, and read reviews of the different kinds, its ratings, prices and how easy it is to install.