How to Install a Soft Water System After Moving to Orlando
Are you planning on moving to Orlando? If so, then you should consider installing a soft water system if your new home does not already have one. Orlando’s water is, like that in most of Florida, heavily mineralized. This condition, known as hard water, can cause a variety of problems for Florida homeowners.
There are a lot of considerations to keep in mind before you choose a soft water system. The key is to choose the best, most effective system that suits your budget.
Step #1: Test Your Home’s Water
The first step is to test your home’s water. Even if there is a water filtration system in place, it may be old, poorly maintained, or ineffective. The only way to know for sure is to arrange for a water quality test.
Of course, you may choose to use a home water testing kit. However, you should make sure to choose a kit that tests for hardness specifically, since many of the available home test kits measure only the pH level of water.
The alternative is to get a professional water quality test like the one we offer at Guardian Water Services. You can learn more about it here.
Step #2: Evaluate the Test Results
Once you have completed a water quality test, the next step is to evaluate the results. If they show, for example, that you have a problem with hard water, then you need to take steps to soften your water to protect your family (and your appliances).
Most home tests include color strips that you can use to determine the hardness of your water. A professional test will break down the mineral content of the water and give you a clear picture of the quality of the water in your home.
Step #3: Evaluate Your Soft Water System Options
As a homeowner, you have several options when it comes to softening your water. The first thing to consider is what kind of system you will choose. There are three to consider:
- Ion exchange softeners replace the so-called hard minerals such as iron and calcium with salt.
- No-salt softeners use potassium chloride instead of salt.
- Magnetic water filters remove minerals using magnets.
Ion exchange softeners tend to be extremely effective but they are also the most expensive option of the three. Ultimately, you’ll want to consider the effectiveness of the system you choose and your budget before making a decision.
It’s also worth noting that people who need to control their sodium intake may not want to use an ion exchange softener. While the amount of sodium these softeners add to water is small, it does add some.
Step #4: Comparison Shop
Finally, you should check out the water softening system providers in your area and make a choice about who will get your business.
Guardian Water Systems offers a proprietary water refiner that uses seven filtration methods to deliver water that’s safe to drink and prevents hard water build-up in your appliances and fixtures. If you’d like to learn more about the Guardian Water Systems water refiner, please click here.
Once you have chosen a company and bought your new soft water system, the only thing left to do is to set up a time for it to be installed. It’s important to have your new system properly installed so that it works as intended.
After that, you should also make sure that you schedule routine maintenance for your soft water system. All systems need regular upkeep to operate property.
If you’d like to schedule a free water quality test for your Orlando home, please click here now. We’re here to help!