We have two types of water, the hard water which contains mainly calcium and magnesium, some bicarbonates and sulfates, and the soft water which has little or none of the mentioned mineral contents. To transform hard water into soft water, we reduce its mineral content through a process with the aid of water softener.
Before transforming your water, first make sure that you have tested it to make sure that you have hard water that needs to be softened. 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. You then have to make a choice if you want an equipment that is manually operated, semi-automatic, or fully automatic, where in manual, you will do the opening and closing of the valves yourself while in automatic, the machine will conduct its own initiation to recharge the cycle. And so, in fully automatic equipment, if the water softener is salt-based, the operator will just set the timer and add salt, and the machine will do the rest.
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. For example, even if your water softener equipment is fully automatic, it will still be necessary for you to restock the salt supply for the brine solution. Note that there is also a need to clean the brine tank on a periodic basis, and note that the frequency of your cleaning the tank will depend on the amount of salt you put in and how pure it is.
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.