Can I Use Water Softeners in My Well?

August 16, 2022

Hard water can be a nuisance and, in some cases, can actually damage sinks, showerheads, and faucets. If you have hard water, you have options. Water softeners can be used to soften water and make it more effective for your home. If you have a well, it is important that you do not damage the well or the well water in the process, though. Let’s learn more about softening well water.

Are Water Softeners Safe for a Well?

Using water softener in your well is safe. When using a water softener in your well, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. You should also remember that a water softener will not directly soften the water. Instead, it regenerates resin beads which can, in turn, amend the water.

Are Booster Pumps Required?

If a booster pump is used, it must be installed after softeners have been added. Do not add softeners after the booster pump.

What Happens When Softening Water?

When you add a water softener to your well water, calcium and magnesium will be removed. This is done as part of ion exchange. A bed of spherical resin beads will provide the flow of water (hard water) into a mineral tank. These plastic beads contain sodium ions to remove calcium and magnesium.

Which Water Softener Salt Is Best for Well Water?

It is commonly believed that salt pellets are the best. Be sure that the salt pellets have been distilled down to 99 mg liquid. These are usually the highest quality. It is also a good idea to use evaporated pellets. These types of pellets are considered to be the best option used in water purification. You should research the supplier to ensure they only provide pure salt.

How Does Hard Water Damage the Home?

Besides being annoying, hard water can also actually damage your home.

Scale – Scale is not a dangerous effect of hard water, but it is definitely unsightly. Scales can form in bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and even on pots and pans you use for cooking. Most homeowners want to be rid of this scale.

Clogged Plumbing – A more serious consequence of hard water is clogged drains. Mineral buildup can be so severe that it actually makes it difficult for water and waste to move through your plumbing system. This can cause expensive problems later on.

Ineffective Sprayers – If you have water sprayers installed in your sinks, you will notice that they cannot spray effectively due to hard water buildup. This can also affect shower heads as well.

Annoying Soap Residue – Another inconvenience created by hard water is soap residue. You will notice that soap will simply not rinse well off your dishes, your hands, and even your body after a bath or shower. This can start to cause skin irritation. It can also cause issues if the residue is ingested by eating off of unrinsed dishes.

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