The Difference between Water Softeners and Water Filters
Choose According to Your Goals . . .
We get questions about the difference between water softeners and water filters quite a bit. The water SOFTENER removes MINERAL deposits prevalent in San Diego’s hard water. The water FILTER removes CONTAMINANTS and POLLUTANTS in addition to the mineral and metal deposits the water softener handles. Which you should choose for your home depends on the issues you are having and the goals you want to achieve.
Many common San Diego plumbing repair issues could be avoided with the proper water softener systems. As we explore in our post Beating Stubborn San Diego Hard Water Stains on Dishes, San Diego’s water travels miles through earth and cement piping from Colorado and the Sierra mountains north to get to our homes. By the time its journey finishes at our taps, it has picked up calcium, magnesium and a host of other elements.
Water softeners use salt and ion-exchange resins to remove calcium and magnesium, preventing scaly deposits from forming in your pipes and appliances, extending the life of both. Water softening also helps your clothes, dishes and skin look and feel cleaner because soft water is better at rinsing away soap.
Water filters, on the other hand, pull out the big guns. While they soften water, they also use adsorption, ion-exchange, catalytic conversion and oxidation to remove microbes, pollutants, chlorine and bacteria. While the San Diego county water department insists San Diego’s water meets all federal safety levels, health-conscious homeowners prefer to take the extra precaution of installing a whole house filtration system anyway.
Who Needs a Water Softener System?
Typically, families and businesses who find the lime scale caused by calcium and magnesium build up unbearable will get a water softener system. Lime scale can turn glasses white and leave spots on plates and silverware. If you’ve had enough scrubbing, extra rinsing and adding vinegar to your dishwasher, contact us at 619-472-4112 and we’ll be happy to go over your options for softening your water with you.
Who Needs a Water Filter?
Those who have a rotten egg or chlorine smell to their water or are health conscious in general appreciate whole house water filters. Some believe that chlorine in the water of many cities’ water systems causes dry hair, nail breakage, eczema and even cancer. Those who buy whole house water filter systems also get the added benefit of clear glasses because water filters remove much of the calcium and magnesium that causes annoying lime scale.
Perry Plumbing: San Diego’s Water Treatment Experts!
In business over 35 years, we’ve helped homeowners with water issues as varied as iron stains, to sour-smelling water to hard water. Our plumbing experts will explain the advantages, costs and sizes of water softeners and water filters at length so you can make the best decision for your family or business. Keep in mind, too, that we keep many of our services affordable to by offering smart San Diego plumbing repair discounts. Ready to relax about the water in your home? Call us at 619-472-2112 or contact us for your in home consultation!