10 things to know about water softeners

10 things to know about water softeners

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Faced with tartar, water stains, damaged skin, dull dishes and other harmful effects of lime, the water softener is considered the miracle solution. So, are we investing or not? Between good and bad points, we tell you everything you need to know about water softeners before going to installation!

1. A water softener is a salt softener

The most widely used type of water softener is salt softener : the water passes through a resin which replaces the magnesium and calcium ions, which cause lime, with sodium ions. And sodium is none other than salt. In summary, the water is less calcareous, therefore less hard, but more salty.

2. A salt-free water softener is not really a softener

Salt-free water treatment devices would rather be anti-limescale devices, since they do not remove lime from the water unlike softeners, but prevent it from settling. They also preserve household appliances and improve washing efficiency while being more environmentally friendly, but are generally more expensive to buy.

3. The water softener changes the properties of the water

This is THE point of debate between supporters and opponents of the water softener: a salt softener changes the properties of water and in doing so, rid it of a good part of its minerals. These minerals are useful, even essential for the body, so they will have to be found elsewhere.

4. A water softener extends the life of household appliances

Since the water is less calcareous, scale forms much less quickly in household appliances using water. Result, washing machine or dishwasher display a extended service life, the kettle remains impeccable and the drudgery of descaling the taps is forgotten.

5. The water softener consumes… water

We often neglect to warn us, but the resin of a salt water softener must be regularly regenerated. And this regeneration consumes a large amount of water, most of the time resulting in a visible increase in consumption on the bill after installation!

6. A water softener makes everything more beautiful

Softer water removes deposits on glasses, shines dishes, makes laundry softer, preserves the skin, softens hair and boosts their shine ... In other words, cancels the negative effects of limescale, visibly and durably.

7. Water from a water softener cannot be drunk

You will not (in principle) get sick by drinking water from a water softener. But because the softener changes its properties and enriches it with salt, the taste of water is not always there, and it is better not to drink it to avoid overconsumption of salt ! For those who want to continue drinking tap water, it will be necessary to provide an off-circuit supply point.

8. Saving water softener

If the softener consumes water, it consumes little electricity. And since the appliances are less scaled, they work more efficiently, using less electricity and requiring less cleaning products. As a result, energy savings and a decrease in the shopping budget!

9. The water softener is not suitable for all profiles

Contrary to popular belief, the water softener is not for everyone. In question ? Salt, again and again, which makes the use of a classic softener not recommended for infants, pregnant women or people with hypertension or heart problems.

10. A water softener requires maintenance

In addition to the purchase and installation price, the water softener involves regular maintenance expenses. Otherwise, it risks constituting a haven of peace for the bacteria, then reinjected into the water that comes out of the taps ... and can start to malfunction, knowing that too soft water can become corrosive to the installations!


  1. Raynell

    remarkably, very valuable information

  2. Amhlaoibh

    Of course, I apologize, but, in my opinion, this topic is no longer relevant.

  3. Kafele

    you don't have to try all of them one after the other

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