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Water Filter vs. Water Softener

Water Filters Butler

With a variety of water treatment options out there, choosing the best solution for your home or business can be confusing. At Aqua Solutions, we have put together a guide to help you determine whether you need a water softener or a water filter to solve your water issues.

Water Filters

If you are looking for a system that can remove contaminants from your water, then you may want to consider one of the many options for water filters. Butler homeowners and business owners looking to make sure their water is free of chemicals and other additives can benefit significantly from a water filtration system.

If you water is sourced from a well, you may require a more vigorous water filtration system than those who don’t have well water.  This is because there are a variety of contaminants like pesticides, paint thinners, and gasoline additives, seeping into the soil and your water system.

There are many types of water filters on the market, with most of them using physical and chemical filtration to remove contaminants from your water. A water filter works by taking the water that is coming into your home or place of business and uses a barrier (physical filtration) or active media (chemical filtration) to remove particles and contaminants out from your water.

Although there are stringent codes and standard that must be followed in the US when providing drinking to any building, small quantities of these contaminants can still get into your drinking water, making a water filtration system a great investment.

Water Softeners

The primary purpose of a water softener is to make hard water softer. The issue of hard water is commonly found in the inner-city areas or in places that have hot weather, low rainfall, and soil with high mineral content. If you have white deposits on the inside of appliances that use water such as your dishwasher or coffee maker, it is likely that you have hard water.

Hard water is made up of calcium and magnesium which are what make up the lime-scale build up in your appliances and pipes. This issue can cause issues such as dry skin, short heater life, and spots on glasses and dishes. This build-up can also lead to clogged pipes and may even cause your water to smell or taste strange.

A water softener solves this problem by taking the water from your city water pipes or well and filtrates with a resonated media. This media clears out the magnesium, calcium, and small traces of iron out of your water making it soft.
Which one is Right for You?
Essentially, if you have issues with hard water, a water softener is an excellent choice to solve your water issues. If you are concerned about contaminants in your water, especially if you have well water, a water filter may be the best solution for making your tap water drinkable again.

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