Water Softening & Purification In Los Angeles

What’s the Difference Between Water Softeners & Water Conditioners?

Few things can take the comfort out of your day-to-day life faster than hard, dirty, or generally “bad” water in your home. Basins and fixtures will start to scale and need regular cleaning to look presentable. Dishes will usually need a pre-rinse before going in the dishwasher, and maybe another rinse afterwards. You might even leave the shower with irritated skin due to the poor condition of your water.

When you are living with any of the problems caused by hard water, it is time to improve your home’s water quality. But how should you do it? Do you need a water softener or water conditioner?

Quick Water Softener & Water Conditioner Comparison/Contrast

A water softener exchanges calcium and magnesium ions with “softer” sodium ions. The exchange happens as water passes through the softener, and the harder minerals are drained out of the system before they reach your faucet. A water conditioner does not complete any sort of ionic exchange to remove calcium and magnesium from your water. Instead, it uses a chemical reaction to prevent the scale buildup commonly associated with hard water use, like the damage you can visibly see around the end of your faucets.

Should You Use a Water Softener or Conditioner?

If scale buildup has been causing significant discomfort in your home and noticeable damage to your pipes, appliances, and fixtures, then you will probably want an actual water softener. Removing the harder minerals directly is predictably efficient. On the other hand, a water conditioner may be the top choice if you are concerned about cost and waste water. Conditioners do not have any excess runoff and generally have a lower maintenance cost than softeners. The water that comes out of a conditioned system is also more natural feeling, whereas softeners can actually change the texture of the water, which may be off-putting.

However, it is important to note that Los Angeles County and many other locations throughout California have banned water softeners of traditional design. You may only be able to use a water conditioner, depending on the systems you can find in your area.

Smart Water Softening Solutions in Los Angeles

Niagara Pure Water Treatment is here to equip your home with the water treatment system that best fits your needs. We can begin with water testing to get a clear picture of what is wrong with your water and how best to fix it. Our team of Los Angeles water treatment professionals prefers the Evolve EVRC water softener unit, which uses a split-tank system. Rather than allowing the calcium and magnesium to wash away in waste water — which is why most water softeners are illegal to install in California — the Evolve EVRC actually collects the mineral waste in a secondary tank for safe disposal later. With this system, you, too, can enjoy softer water in your home!

Find out more about water treatment systems and your options by contacting Niagara Pure Water Treatment at (310) 683-2300 today.