Water hardness is created by higher levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium. It makes cleaning clothes more difficult, creates streaking on dishes and glasses, scaling on faucets and shower heads and makes cleaning your hair and skin well a challenge. It can also damage your home’s piping distribution system if not corrected. There are high efficiency filtration solutions that will condition your water by removing these minerals through the proven ion exchange softening process.
While symptoms of quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a test to identify the minerals or contaminants and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation.
A water softener is a type of whole house filtration system that is designed for removing magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese. For high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), an “up-flow” softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the softener. Also, high efficiency softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred. For more on how a softener works, see https://www.mechanics.com.
BAD ODORS & TASTE
In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and other objectionable minerals and contaminants. If you are experiencing a rotten egg smell, you likely have hydrogen sulfide in your well or possibly a high level of manganese. A test and analysis will lead to the best approach. For more information on bad odors & taste, see the link at http://bad-odor-taste-water/.