What’s the Difference Between a Water Softener and a Water Filtration System?

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What’s the Difference Between a Water Softener and a Water Filtration System?

Whether your home’s water supply comes from a municipal water system or a well system, you should consider treating it to ensure you and your family are using and drinking the best water possible. But water treatment has many levels — softeners and filters being some of them.

You may worry that you’ll need two systems to achieve water that is both soft and clean. Actually, both a water softener and a water filter can be combined into one system, but there is a difference between them.

What is a Water Softener?

A water softener removes minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the fresh water that comes into your home. There’s typically nothing wrong with these minerals when it comes to your health, as some amount of calcium can be good for your teeth and bones. However, they’re not good for your plumbing or any appliances in your home that are dependent on fresh water.

Over time, hard water deposits can build up inside your pipes and cause blockages that interfere with your water pressure. They can also shorten the life of plumbing and appliances (if the minerals corrode your pipes from the inside) as well as leave your hair, skin, and laundry feeling dry and dingey.

What is a Water Filter?

These systems focus more on removing contaminants in your water that are not safe to drink or leave your water with an odd taste or smell. Water filtration systems may not only remove calcium and magnesium but contaminants such as:

  • Arsenic

  • Lead

  • Bacteria, such as E. coli

  • Pesticides

  • Sulfur

  • Iron

Which System Do I Need?

Well, the thing is, you can’t always tell on your own. The best way to determine what kind of water treatment system, or systems, would best suit your home is by having a professional analysis done on your home’s water supply.

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