Blogs from March, 2023

Clean water

Do you suffer from hard water, unpleasant odors, limescale, or unpalatable water in your residential or commercial space? If the answer is yes, you’ll be pleased to hear that several water treatment solutions can help you eliminate these issues. Most plumbing professionals offer effective filtering and softening solutions that can enhance the taste of your water and extend the longevity of your appliances and fixtures. 

Treatment Options Can Improve the Quality of Your Water 

Clean water is essential for everyone’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, poor-quality water, including hard water, pollutants, and sediments, affect many households and businesses. As such, it's essential to have an efficient water treatment system that can help reduce these issues. In this blog, we are highlighting two common options: water conditioning and water softening. These two common methods of treating water can provide home and business owners with safe and reliably clean water. As mentioned earlier, water softeners remove the minerals that cause water hardness, while water conditioners are designed to remove impurities and contaminants that cause poor water quality.  

Here's a closer look at the differences between the two: 

  • Water Softening: Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to remove hard water minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. There are salt-based and salt-free water softening systems available, depending on your preference. Water softeners are ideal for households experiencing problems with scale buildup in plumbing and related appliances. 

  • Water Conditioning: Water conditioners are designed to remove a variety of impurities and contaminants, such as chemicals, bacteria, and sediment, that can affect water quality. Water conditioning systems are an ideal solution for households or businesses that experience issues with unpleasant odors or unpleasant tastes in their water. 

Water softening and water conditioning are two distinct water treatment methods that can provide clean and safe water. Choosing the right system will depend on your water quality needs and specific requirements. It's recommended to consult with a professional water treatment specialist to select the best system for your needs. Whichever system you choose, it’s essential to work with a reputable water treatment company to ensure that you get the best system for your needs. 

Differences Between Water Softeners and Conditioners 

Water softeners and water conditioners are often confused with one another. To clarify, here are the characteristics of each: 

Water Softener: 

  • Provides a soft water feel 

  • Requires a reverse osmosis (RO) system for drinking 

  • Regeneration must go to a drain 

  • Requires salt 

  • Banned in San Bernadino 

Water Conditioner: 

  • Provides clean water feel 

  • Produces whole-home bottled water quality 

  • Can drain anywhere with regeneration options 

  • A maintenance and salt-free solution 

  • It’s safer for your plumbing 

  • Produces better output quality 

Both systems offer unique benefits, but water conditioners tend to be a better option for those who desire whole-home bottled water quality and prefer a salt-free, low-maintenance system. 

 Water Conditioning vs. Water Softening 

Water softening and water conditioning are two separate processes that serve distinct purposes. While a water filter works to remove a wide range of impurities from water, such as sediment, bacteria, and chemicals, a water softener is designed specifically to target and remove hard water minerals responsible for scaling and buildup in plumbing and appliances, such as calcium and magnesium. It's important to note that, although a water softener may be considered part of a whole house water filtration system, it performs a different function from other water filters like backwashing carbon filters, iron, sulfur removal filters, sediment filters, and fluoride adsorption filters. To ensure your water is free from hard water minerals and impurities, it may be wise to install a water softener and a water filter. 

Zeb Plumbing Provides Water Treatment Solutions You Can Trust  

Choosing the right water treatment solution for your residential or commercial space is essential. At Zeb's Plumbing, our water experts can help you find the perfect system to meet your needs. Whether you opt for our water softening system or water conditioning solution, you can be assured of prompt service and transparent pricing. Call (760) 764-4176 today to schedule an appointment for all your water treatment needs or fill out our contact form.