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Watch a video: 5 Signs You Have Hard Water
What is Hard Water?
Water that has dissolved calcium, iron, etc. In Florida, nearly all water sources (City or Well) have hard water. As rain falls and the water seeps through the ground, and through the sandstone, into the aquifer it gathers minerals from the soil and rock. This dissolved minerals makes the water hard. Water hardness is measured in "grains per gallon" (gpg).
3 gpg is moderate hardness and you will get mild scale in dishwashers, mild soap scum in showers/tubs, hard water rings in toilets over time, also where standing water is left it will leave a scale (flower vases, pot/pans used to biol water, on counter tops by faucets). It can reduce the life span of a hot water heater by 10-15%
As you approach 7-9 gpg (many municipalities city water) households will notice scale build up around water dispensers on the refrigerator and tough to clean sinks within months. At this level, hot water heaters will start losing efficiency due to scale forming around the element. If a homeowner has a tank-less hot water heater; it can void the warranty due to the vast build up of scale inside the unit.
Is Hard Water Harmful?
Most hard water in Florida has from dissolved calcium. No - this isn't like the vitamin, but it is dissolved rock. It isn't harmful to humans in drinking water. It can reek havoc on your appliances, plumbing, clothes, hair, and skin. When hard water comes into contact with soap particles, the soap binds to the mineral and then "sticks" to the closest surface. This can be clothes, hair, tubs, sinks, etc.
When hard water is heated the minerals come out of the water and will stick to the closest surface. This is typically your hot water heater element, over time encapsulating the element in rock which reduces efficiency and life span. This will also happen to shower heads, dishwashers, which presents as scale and will start plugging fixtures. This same scale can also build up on your house's plumbing. With the worst cases, this will require the home to have to be re-plumbed due to clogging of the pipes.
What can I expect when I put in a Water Softener?
The first thing most people recognize is the silky texture of the water and how much less soap and detergents they need to use. When there isn't hard minerals binding to soap and then sticking on your skin, you can feel the natural oils your body uses to keep skin vibrant and hydrated. No more soap scum build up in tubs and showers. Your clothes will also start to feel softer and new clothes will stay vibrant longer.
Hague WaterMax is the most efficient water softener on the market. This is due to it's exclusive multi-chamber design and fine mesh resin. This product comes with a 25 year warranty that is transferable (or take your unit to your new house and your local Authorized Hague dealer can re-install it for you).
This water softener removes chlorine from city water (which will break down resins in 3-5 years). Most softeners will require a separate carbon filter taking up more space & creating more maintenance.
WaterMax Water Softener installations will result in a 31 minute regeneration process ; using 27 gallons of water and 6.2 lbs of salt to regenerate (on moderate salt setting). With a household of 4; this is usually every 5-7 days. The WaterMax monitors usage and will only regenerate when needed.
Based on City of Lakeland water/wastewater rates in 2020; it is approximately $0.75 a month in water usage and $6.25 a month in salt on the standard sized unit.
Other water softeners can take as much as 12 lbs of salt and 90 gallons of water with each regeneration.
WaterMax has a Bacteriostat in the bottom chamber which is self-cleaning to prevent bacteria growth in the resin bed.
Hague is based in Ohio and all products are manufactured in the USA
Water Right Impression City Water Softener utilizes a two-chamber tank which include carbon to remove chlorine from city water (which will break down resins in 3-5 years). Most softeners will require a separate carbon filter taking up more space & creating more maintenance.
Unit comes with lithium battery backup and monitors usage to only regenerate when needed. Typical regeneration of a household of four will use 9 lbs of salt and 35 gallons of water every 3-5 days .
Based on City of Lakeland water/wastewater rates in 2020; it is approximately $1.50 a month in water usage and $13.50 a month in salt on the standard sized unit.
Water Right also has an extensive line of water treatment options, such as UV filters, tannin removal, iron/sulfur removal, and self sanitizing solutions for whole home well water treatment systems. These are great replacements for the older chlorine injected systems that were installed 20-30 years ago; and eliminate the need for chlorine deliveries and reduce maintenance costs.
Water-Right products are manufactured in the USA and assembled in Ocala, FL
Water Technologies Water Softener is the most basic of systems. Controller is programmed for day/time for regeneration allowing for the lowest cost installation.
System resin will last 3-5 years on city water without additional carbon pre-filter; or 7-10 years with an additional carbon pre-filter.
System is set for a designated number of day/time for regeneration; which will be set by your installer based on the number occupants of the household.
Because the system does not monitor water usage it is the least efficient on salt usage and water usage. Typical regeneration of a household of four will use 9 lbs of salt and 35 gallons of water every 3 days .
Based on City of Lakeland water/wastewater rates in 2020; it is approximately $2.45 a month in water usage and $22.50 a month in salt on the standard sized unit.
Water Technologies products are manufactured in the USA and assembled in Ocala, FL
The Detergent Savings Study was conducted in 2010 in conjunction with Scientific Services S/D, Inc. and funded by the Water Quality Research Foundation.
Here are the findings: