Thursday, July 11, 2013

Arizona Water Softener Or Not?

Arizona Water Softener Or Not? Has to be one of the most common questions from my clients. And judging by our Arizona homes and comments from my clients is that this opinion is shared 50/50.

So, you may be thinking about installing a water softener, but you’re worried about whether a softener will add extra salt to your water – especially if you’re trying to control your salt intake.

But according to David Perry, Executive Director of the Arizona Water Quality Association, the softening process is an ion exchange system that removes the salts holding calcium and magnesium and replaces them with other salts. You’re not really adding to the total salt level in your water.

By comparison, an 8-ounce glass of Coca-Cola has 30 milligrams of sodium while an 8-ounce glass of softened water has less than 12.5 milligrams. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, a typical 1-ounce slice of bread has between 80 and 230 milligrams of salt, although it depends on the brand.

The Mayo Clinic Web site also advises that the sodium in softened water doesn't amount to much. “It's important to keep in mind that the majority of sodium in an average person's diet comes from table salt and processed foods. Thus, the best way to decrease sodium in your diet is by putting away the saltshaker and cutting back on processed foods,” according to Dr. Sheldon Sheps, hypertension specialist with Mayo.

And, What Can A Softer Water Can Do for Your Home?

If you’re mainly interested in tastier drinking water delivered at your kitchen sink, homeowners should get a reverse osmosis system or distillation unit to remove the chlorine from drinking water and improve its taste. You can also use a carbon filtration system, like those often installed in refrigerators.

But you should buy or rent a water softening system to deal with the 'hardness' of our Arizona water. That’s the only way to end or minimize scale on your shower walls as well as mineral build-up that can shorten the life of appliances and your water-heater. In the process, you can eliminate dry skin problems and cut back on your use of soaps, detergents, shampoos, and fabric softeners

An ion exchange water softener will remove that hardness -- the scale-forming calcium and magnesium ions -- by replacing them with sodium or in some cases potassium.

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Arizona Water Softener Or Not?