Water Softener FAQ

Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently.  Hard Water usually leaves white residue behind wherever water evaporates. When hardness reacts with soaps and detergents, it leaves a sticky soap scum behind. Installing a water softener will eliminate hard water problems in your home. Give us a call and we can visit your home to test your water for hardness and other contaminates.
A water softener removes calcium and magnesium through a process known as ion exchange, replacing hard ions with sodium chloride or potassium chloride. In most instances the amount of sodium being added is so small that it is not a significant contributor to the amount of sodium in your diet.
We get this question frequently because there are many companies out there advertising “salt-free” water softener products. Currently, there still is no product on the market that softens water like a traditional ion exchange water softener. Most of the products being marketed as “salt-free” are actually water conditioners that are designed to reduce scaling, not soften water. Only a salt based ion exchange water softener will remove Calcium and magnesium and achieve truly soft water.
A Basin Water Solutions Water Softener removes the calcium and magnesium in your water so your skin is cleaned without hard water minerals left behind. There is no residue on your skin to trap traces of soap, and other particles. Residue left behind by hard water causes your skin to dry out. The slippery, softness you feel when you bathe is exactly how clean skin is supposed to feel.  Soft water allows your bath soaps to lather better and rinse off completely, and you’ll be able to save money because you will use less soap and shampoo.
Yes, once you have a water softener installed in your home it will start to remove the build up of the scale that has accumulated.  It will take some time for this but it will reverse any hard water deposits.
No.  The only thing added to your water will be trace amounts of sodium (salt) or potassium to exchange with the hard calcium and magnesium the water softener removes from your water.  In fact, your water softener will reduce the amounts of harsh chemicals and detergents you use in your home.  Cleaning with soft water is much more efficient and environmentally friendly.
There are many different options and sizes of water softeners.  It is important to have one of our professional water treatment specialist test your water, determine your water demand, and survey the plumbing system in your home.  We will size a water softener system for your specific needs.  Book your free consultation today!
No, unfortunately a water softener is designed to remove hardness ions (calcium, and magnesium) from water.  A water softener can also help to reduce iron and manganese in limited amounts.  If you are wanting to remove other dissolved minerals, chemicals, and contaminants specifically for drinking and cooking you should consider purchasing a Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System.
At Basin Water Solutions, we have many models and sizes of water softeners to choose from, all with different features and capacities.  We have water softeners for every budget.  We will work hard to find the best solution for you and your family.  We also offer financing, rentals, and lease to purchase options to make your purchase easy.
It all depends on your water consumption and your water hardness.  With that said, our high efficiency water softeners use less salt than many traditional water softeners to regenerate the resin bed.  Our water softeners meter your water consumption and regenerate only when needed to maintain soft water in your home.  Most of our clients choose to depend on Basin Water Solutions to maintain their water filtration equipment on an ongoing basis which can include salt delivery.