Last Updated: September 4, 2020
Why do you need a water softening system when rain is naturally soft?
Because soft water from the rain becomes hard once it goes through the geological composition of our landscape.
This can lead to problems such as ineffective cleaning and limescale deposits.
All of which can damage sanitary and water heating systems in your home, not to mention an unpleasant appearance.
In this article I will give you more information about how to deal with hard water with a water softening system. I’ve created this guide to show you how your life could benefit from softened water.
Hard And Soft Water
Rain water is naturally soft. But the soft water hardens when it seeps through layers of soil and rock before it becomes tap water.
The water dissolves along with all the other material it picks up and as a result, hard water is generated.
The rain water cycle is an interesting process. In short, the sun heats the water, which in turn evaporates into water vapor. Water vapor rises into the air, where it finally cools and condenses into clouds.
The clouds are transported over long distances and eventually they break into rain. Water accumulates into soils, rivers, lakes and oceans, where the sun will heat it up and start the process again.
To clarify, the definitions of hard and soft water are:
Hard water: (noun)
Water containing magnesium, calcium or iron salts and therefore creates white limescale deposits around your home appliances like your kettle and tap faucet.
Soft water: (noun)
Water that contains little or no salt dissolved in calcium or magnesium.
What Are The Effects of Hard Water?
The negative effects of hard water occur in the deposition of limescale and white stains. You may know the telltale signs. Tidemarks around bathrooms and toilets, unsightly white spots on sinks, toilets and showers. In the worst case, the accumulation of this material can cause blockages in the pipes and cause premature failure of your water heaters.
Due to its composition, hard water has difficulty foaming when combined with soap, resulting in less effective washing. Clothing can be gray, while plates and glasses may appear dull and spotty. It can really affect the longevity of your clothes and cutlery.
Hard water is less suitable for washing because its rich mineral composition prevents an effective reaction with soap. This basically means that it is more difficult to produce foam, resulting in less than effective cleaning.
The Best Water Softening System?
The best digital water softening system is by far Fleck 5600SXT. It is perhaps the best-selling water softener system for small to medium households.
The 5600SXT has a unique set of specifications, which makes it a super easy setup and reliable.
Unlike the salt-free water softener, the 5600SXT is a salt-based system. This means it is guaranteed to produce soft water.
Do you want to know the best part?
Customers almost NEVER complain about the Fleck water softening systems, Fleck get some of the best water softening system reviews of any softener.
This water softening system has a good capacity so can provide enough soft water for a home that is between 1-4 people.
The 5600 SXT is also ideal because of its easy installation. It is easy to setup and offers the best value for money. You should consider buying a Fleck water softening system because it:
Good at dealing with very hard water.
Takes care of itself (you can set it and for get it).
Economical water usage meaning it has low running costs.
I Am *NO* Longer Recommending Fleck, Here’s Why (2020 Update).
By far the biggest issue with Fleck is that it does NOT filter. This means that although it effectively treats water it doesn’t treat or filter anything. So if your water is full of contaminantes at the start – it will still be full of contaminantes after Fleck treats it.
The fact that it is not a full solution means that the affordable $600+ price tag of a Fleck is a little mis-leading. Once you buy and pay for someone to install your Fleck you will still need to get a filter to make the water drinkable. Hence, you will have an extra cost for the filter and need to pay for the installation of the extra device.
Once you get over the extra costs, you will need to reconcile the fact that you have had to install 2 separate items which makes the whole process more complex. It will take up more space and double the amount of necessary on-going care and maintenance.
This makes getting a standalone all-in-one softener filter combination more cost effective and convenient despite the higher upfront cost.
Fleck softeners do not typically filter your water. However, in the rare occasion that it does have a filter, that filter will be rubbish. For instance, the Iron Pro 2 Fleck softens and filters out iron from your water. That’s it. It will only filter out iron and not much else.
Meanwhile you can get something like Aquasana whole house systems that treat hard water and everything else including bacteria, viruses, chlorine, lead, mercury, pharmaceuticals and so much more.
An example of this is the all-in-one softener + filter combination from Aquasana. This machine can treat hard water (that’s up to 25ppm) without needing salt.
Installing your Fleck (by yourself) can void the warranty of some Fleck machines. However, other companies like Aquasana actually provide you with a professional installation kit. This can potentially save you the extra costs and hassle of getting a plumber.