Water softener for reading, massachusetts

Water softener for Reading, MA



The main hard water min­er­als, mag­ne­sium and cal­ci­um, are found in Read­ing pri­vate wells along with iron and man­ganese (“The stain­ers”).  Water soft­en­ing will great­ly improve your water if you have hard water min­er­als, iron or man­ganese present. These com­mon con­t­a­m­i­nants can be removed with a water soft­en­er and/or a prop­er­ly spec­i­fied sed­i­ment fil­ter depend­ing on whether the con­t­a­m­i­nants are in par­tic­u­late form or in solu­tion (dis­solved). There are dif­fer­ent types of water soft­en­ers, such as up-flow ver­sus down-flow which can make a big dif­fer­ence, par­tic­u­lar­ly if there are ele­vat­ed lev­els of iron or man­ganese in the water.  Also, there are high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are designed to use less water and salt.  For town water, vis­it the Town of Read­ing web­site or the MWRA web­site for the annu­al water qual­i­ty reports at http://www.mwra.com/. While the water qual­i­ty is gen­er­al­ly pret­ty good from MWRA, there are issues that may occur caus­ing var­i­ous types of stain­ing in sinks, bath­tubs, toi­lets, show­ers and oth­er plumb­ing fix­tures.  Addi­tion­al­ly, you may expe­ri­ence taste and odor issues that are com­mon­ly asso­ci­at­ed with chlo­ramine (a chlo­rine, ammo­nia com­pound), which is used to dis­in­fect the water and con­trol bac­te­r­i­al growth.  There is a “Fre­quent­ly Asked Ques­tions” pub­li­ca­tion pro­vid­ed by MWRA that reviews what you may encounter.  See the link at FAQs MWRA Water

The table below iden­ti­fies hard water lev­els — com­pare to your water test:

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Cal­ci­um and mag­ne­sium can have dev­as­tat­ing affects on your home’s plumb­ing as well as your abil­i­ty to clean, even though the EPA has no pub­lished lim­its on these.  Hard water inter­feres with almost every clean­ing task, includ­ing laun­dry, wash­ing dish­es or tak­ing a show­er. Clothes can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. Dish­es and glass­es get spot­ted and a film may build up on show­er doors, bath­tubs, sinks and faucets. Hard water may leave your hair feel­ing sticky and look­ing dull.  Hard water can also cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can low­er water pres­sure through­out the house.

The EPA max­i­mum allow­able lev­els for iron as a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nant is .3 parts per mil­lion and for man­ganese is .05 parts per mil­lion as a sec­ondary con­t­a­m­i­nant. Small amounts of these min­er­als can have very large and notice­able affects on your home’s water qual­i­ty.  Iron and man­ganese bac­te­ria, although much more rare, can be found in well water.  The pres­ence of these con­t­a­m­i­nants would require a dif­fer­ent type of water fil­tra­tion sys­tem to cor­rect.


Hard water build-up inside water heaters will insu­late the tem­per­a­ture sen­sor inside the tank, trick­ing it to per­form unnec­es­sary extra work to bring the tem­per­a­ture up to the set lev­el.  This reduces the life of your hot water heater and will like­ly reduce it’s esti­mat­ed use­ful life.  Some oth­er affects of these con­t­a­m­i­nants include cor­ro­sion and scal­ing inside pipes and major stain­ing through­out the home’s show­ers, bath­tubs, and sinks.  For those using their well water for out­side lawn irri­ga­tion, iron and man­ganese can cause major stain­ing of out­side walk­ways, house sid­ing and any­place the water touch­es.  See the link at http://h2ocare.com/lawn-irrigation/

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A water soft­en­er is effec­tive in remov­ing dis­solved forms of iron & man­ganese and hard­ness min­er­als. To remove par­tic­u­late iron or man­ganese, a car­tridge fil­ter with prop­er micron rat­ing will be effec­tive. Depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion, this could require a series of water fil­ters with dif­fer­ent size micron rat­ings to han­dle heav­ier lev­els in the water.  Select­ing the appro­pri­ate micron rat­ing and style of water fil­ter can be deter­mined by a water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al based on water test results and oth­er symp­toms. For more infor­ma­tion on Iron and Man­ganese in water, see our pub­lished arti­cles in Water Tech­nol­o­gy Mag­a­zine at the fol­low­ing link: http://h2ocare.com/publications/.

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H2O Care is a full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Middleton on route 114 and  on Main Street in Hudson MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call 800–539-1100.