West Carolina Water Treatment

Is My Water “Too Soft”?

We sometimes hear from customers that their feel their water is “too soft.”  This most often happens right after a new water softener is installed or an old unit is repaired.  While soft water does feel very different then hard water, it is impossible for water to be “too soft.” Let me explain. Hard water […]

Is softened water safe for plants?

Under normal conditions soft water is perfectly safe for plants.  Hardness levels in WNC are rarely high enough to cause problems.  When treating water that is reasonably hard (less than 15 gpg) it is unlikely that the sodium concentration would be a hazard to plants. Most household plants are far more dependent on soil conditions for […]

Why does Soft Water Feel “Slippery”?

We often get asked about the way soft water feels.  Some customers who have a water softener installed in their home notice that their skin feels “slippery” after a bathing or using soap.  Occasionally, the comment is made that “My water is too soft!  I can’t rinse the soap off!” While this reaction is not […]

How much salt does a water softener add to my water?

That depends on the hardness of the water entering the softener. Below is a simple chart which shows the additional amount of sodium you would consume by drinking one quart (32oz) of softened water. Hardness in Grains per Gallon Sodium in Milligrams per Quart 1.0 7.5 5.0 37.5 10.0 75.0 20.0 150.0 40.0 300.0 To […]

Do I have to use salt in my softener?

This is a bit of a loaded question. Technically the answer is no, but if you don’t use salt you have to use something similar. Much like grocery stores sell shakers of salt-substitute for people on a sodium restricted diets, some stores that sell softener salt also sell a water softener salt substitute called potassium […]

How does a water softener work?

A water softener operates using a process called “ion exchange” process. When mineral laden “hard” water passes through water softener resin beads an ion exchange process takes place. As the name suggests, the undesirable hard mineral ions, (normally calcium and/or magnesium) are exchanged or trade places with soft sodium/potassium ions. After a calculated period of […]

What is hard water?

Hard water is a common quality of water which contains dissolved compounds of calcium and magnesium and, sometimes, other divalent and trivalent metallic elements. The term hardness was originally applied to waters that were hard to wash in, referring to the soap wasting properties of hard water. Hardness prevents soap from lathering by causing the […]