“Hard water” is a term that you may have heard before, but most homeowners don’t know the full impact of this condition. It’s marked by a high mineral content in the water, namely calcium and magnesium. Many people discuss the impact of hard water on their hair or talk about the fact that soap cannot easily lather in the presence of these minerals. However, a more important reason to treat hard water is the potential damage it can do to your pipes and large appliances as minerals gather inside and inhibit water from passing through. In this guide, we’ll talk about how water softeners work and a common question that comes up for homeowners: will a water softener make by water taste salty?
What Is a Water Softener?
A water softener is a system that essentially replaces the magnesium and calcium in your water with sodium ions, which won’t do any harm to your plumbing system. This is installed at a point of entry for your water supply so that the water that flows through every pipe and fixture in your home is softened. It contains a tank full of small polystyrene beads containing positively charged sodium ions. As water flows past these beads, the sodium and magnesium or calcium switch places, and the tank flushes the beads during a regeneration cycle.
So What about the Salt Content?
Sodium do not pose any potential threat to your pipes and appliances, but what about the taste of your water? In general, most homeowners do not report a problem with the salt content in their water. The amount of salt that makes its way into your home is so minimal, you probably won’t be able to taste it and you’re unlikely to notice any health effects over time.
Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule. The amount of salt that enters your water supply is obviously dependent on the amount of minerals that were there in the first place. Still, the amount of sodium that enters your home should be minimal, but there are many people who are sensitive to salt or are very attentive to their sodium intake. In this case, you may decide to install an additional system to filter out the salt. A reverse osmosis system uses a thin membrane to filter out sodium or other impurities in your water and can be used in conjunction with a water softener.