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Water Softener Troubleshooting

Like any water treatment unit, water softeners sometimes malfunction too. In some cases, these malfunctions happen out of the blue because of improper maintenance or prolonged use. In these cases, there are some things you can do to solve the problem and have your water softener up and running again.

Repairing water softener, plumber with a wrench

There are several reasons why your water softener may be functioning poorly. In this article, we’re going to focus on salt clogs and high water levels in the brine tank, and how to troubleshoot these problems.

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Which is the best shower filter for your home?

Quick guide to choosing a shower filter

If you feel like your showering time is not the pampering experience you are expecting it to be, it may be high time to do something about the quality of your water supply. The best way to improve the quality of your water is to install whole house water filter system with contaminant removal and scale inhibiting effects. However, if you live in a rental and you move a lot, installing a whole house water filter system may not be a feasible choice for you. This is where a shower filter comes in handy.

shower filter

Shower filters are practical filtering devices that contain either granular activated carbon, ceramic spheres, KDF filter media or a combination of these and target three main types of tap water impurities – chlorine, scale and bacteria. How to tell if you need to install a shower filter and which shower filter is right for you?

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Osmio Ultra-Soft 3 Way Tap Filter Kit Review

The Osmio Ultra-Soft 3 Way Tap Filter Kit is both a scale-inhibitor and contaminant removal water filter that can be used with any 3-way kitchen tap. It’s a convenient alternative for when you need to deal both with water hardness issues and common tap water contaminants, but you don’t want to install a water softener in addition to a water filter. This 3 way tap filter kit has a dual action by reducing water hardness and removing contaminants.

3 way kitchen tap, ultra-soft

In this review, we’re going to discuss the mechanism behind the dual action of this Osmio 3 way tap filter kit and analyse whether you should consider this filter for your kitchen.

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Benefits of a water softener system

The problems caused by hard water, i.e. water that is high in calcium and magnesium, are difficult to miss – scale build-up in water appliances and water heaters, spots on sanitary and glassware, clogging, thin milky film on tea and coffee, dry skin and hair, yellowish stains on clothes, and reduced energy efficiency in all water appliances coupled with costly breakdowns and replacements. Water softeners are designed to transform the calcium and magnesium minerals that are responsible for wreaking havoc in your bathroom and kitchen appliances, and turn these minerals into sodium ions through a process called ion exchange.

water softener system

Because water softeners work by directly targeting hardness minerals, they present many benefits to those living in areas with water hardness issues. The focus of municipal water suppliers is on disease-prevention, thus, if your tap water’s hardness level is causing you any of the above problems, you can benefit greatly from installing a water softener system in your home.

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Do non-salt water softeners really work?

Non-salt softeners or salt-free water softeners are a subset of water treatment applications that are focused on treating hard water problems and preventing lime-scale from attaching to surfaces and causing disruptions and damages to home appliances that use water. While traditional water softeners are salt-based, meaning they are equipped with brine tanks that are needed to flush the resin beads encumbered with turning hard water ions into sodium ions. This is how most water softeners work.

water softener salt

Non-salt water softeners are advertised as a low-maintenance, no waste alternative to salt-based water softeners, but do they really work? And if so, how do they operate and how do they produce soft water?

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