Things You Will Need
- Hard Water Test Kits
- Water Softening Tanks
How to Eliminate Hard Water. If your dishes have spots, your soap doesn't lather well and your white clothes look gray, you could have hard water'water with a high mineral-salt content.
Here's what to do.
- Get a water test done to determine how hard your water is. Many water-softener
- retailers will do the test for free. Or call a water-conditioning specialist in your area. These people are familiar with the quality of the water in your area and can best recommend how to treat it.
- Ask for and review the information from the softener performance data sheet. If the water is only moderately hard, consider buying a simple water softener (low cost). If there are additional minerals and iron, consider a higher-end softener (high cost).
- Buy or rent a water conditioner. There are systems to fit every budget, from basic units that cycle regularly to on-demand units with computer controls. Some systems require a lot of attention; you may want to have a service company perform the required maintenance.
- Check to see if you need a filtration system in addition to a water softener. Remember that a water softener only removes hardness from your water, not toxins.
People who are monitoring their sodium intake may want to consult a physician before installing an ion-exchange water softener, because it will add salt to your water.