Everything You Need To Know

Hard water is comprised of calcium, magnesium and lime minerals (most common). When these mineral measure above 120 parts per million (PPM) the water is considered very hard. While hard water isn’t a health concern it can wreak havoc on pipes and appliance and why most people seek some solution to help with unsightly crust rings on faucets and shower doors and to help with premature replacement of appliances due to limescale build-up.Ethical H2O offers both the traditional soft water “salt solution” or a non salt option called conditioning.

Should Hard Water Concern Me?

Hard water isn’t a health concern but it can wreak havoc on pipes and appliances shortening the lifespan of the appliance and making cleaning a hassle. When hard water and soap combine if forms a calcium soap that is tough to clean which is why you see crust rings on bathtub surfaces and around faucets.

How do I Know if I Have Hard Water?

If you are connected to a municipal supply, your local municipality will have a report posted on their website. If you live in San Diego County click here and find your report now. Unlike municipal water, if you are on a private well then you are the one who has to test your well for safety. You should test your water supply for bacteria at least once a year and other contaminants at least every three years. UV sterilization is also highly recommended for all well water.

How Can I Treat Hard Water?

You can use either a water softer which is a traditional method that has been around since the 1920’s. This point of entry unit filters out all the minerals (hardness) through a salt or potassium ion exchange process. It is typically paired with an under the sink reverse osmosis for drinking water to remove the chemicals from city water as well as the salt or potassium that you use to maintain the system. For more information please visit our Reverse Osmosis Product Page.

The alternative and more current technology is a combination water filtration and water conditioning unit. These systems both filter all the water coming into your home while addressing hard water issues without actually removing the healthful minerals from the water. For more information please visit our Whole House Filtration Product Page.

Non-Salt (Conditioning) vs. Salt Filtration Comparison

Non-Salt Salt
Whole Home Whole Home
Filters chlorine and chemicals from the water Does not filter the water
Reduces Hard water problems without filtering out the minerals Completely eliminates hard water by completely removing the minerals
Does not require salt or potassium to run Requires purchasing of salt or potassium to run the system.
Leaves your hair and skin feeling  clean and soft without any slippery feeling Has that slippery “squeaky clean” feeling
Does not require a reverse osmosis to drink the water Requires a reverse osmosis to drink (to eliminate the added salt/potassium) and to remove chemicals
Increased soap studs Increased soap studs
No Maintenance for 10+ years Monthly maintenance to purchase salt/potassium and yearly filter changes for the reverse osmosis
Any back flushing is safe for plants and groundwater Water laden with salt/potassium residue must go down a drain as it is unsafe for plants and ground water
Can drink from all faucets in the home Can drink from 1 facet in the home

What Should I look for in a Water treatment system?

  • A system that has the correct filtration media to address your specific water issues
  • A system that uses the MFG recommended amount of filtration media
  • How much and how often it back flushes
  • What if any maintenance
  • Any ongoing costs associated with running the equipment
  • Certifications
  • Warranty