3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2017 1:24 PM by joed

    Water Softener

    sunseeker

      I need to get a water softener in my home as the hard water is wrecking havoc with toilets, dishwasher etc. It is also causing a mineral build up on my tower that hardens on the inside and is extremely labor intensive to clean. I realize that I will need to use potassium instead of sodium in the softener and that it's still not "optimum". I just started filling a pail from my kitchen sink which has a reverse osmosis system and this definitely helps cut down on the scaling. I can get 4.5 gallons in 10 minutes, so it's not too time consuming. My questions are, will I still continue to use the r/o water when I get the water softener and if so, do I need to add back in the calcium and magnesium that the r/o system filters out or does the nutrient solution have enough? Thanks!

        • Re: Water Softener
          joed

          Hi sunseeker, I responded to your duplicate question here: https://towertalk.jiveon.com/message/27805#comment-27805

           

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          • Re: Water Softener
            hhowiejr

            Many cities/counties now outlaw the use of "salt" water softeners.  The are hard on your plumbing and extremely bad for the environment.  Consider the tanks that have a polymer content.  Technically, you cannot call water "soft" unless you are using "salt"; however, I have a whole-house polymer tank hooked up to my water supply and it feels like "soft" water.  It is also better for you - drinking water, then the salt water softeners.

             

            Did you know you cannot call vegetables, fruits, etc grown in a hydroponic or aeroponic environment "organic".  Federal law prohibits any food source being labeled "organic" unless the vegetables, fruits, etc roots were in "soil".  Also, people think because they buy "organic" this means no herbicides or pesticides - Not true!  Vegetables, fruits, etc marked "organic" may have been sprayed or treated with pesticides or herbicides; however, to be called "organic" the government strictly controls what herbicides/pesticides can be used in growing "organic" food. 

             

            This does not even account for the genetically modified foods, such as corn.

              • Re: Water Softener
                joed

                Hi hhowiejr, FYI: Water's hard / soft attribute is associated with its hardness ion content; it has nothing to do with its "salt" content. "Salt" (be it potassium or sodium) is a byproduct of the ion exchange that occurs in the polymer resin bed of these systems. In other words, the system "exchanges" the hardness ions (typically calcium and magnesium) with sodium or potassium (depending on what type of "salt" you are using in your brine tank).

                 

                Re: "Did you know you cannot call vegetables, fruits, etc grown in a hydroponic..." - Not sure what this has to do with the topic we are discussing here.

                 

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