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Water Softening vs. Reverse Osmosis

Do you notice that you have dry or flaky skin, or does your water have a chemical or rotten egg smell? Do you have lots of soap build up or water stains on your plumbing fixtures and spots on your dishes? If so, you probably need a water filter or softener.

Hard water is nothing short of annoying. But it’s hard to decide which system is best for you. What’s the difference between softening and filtration, and which one is better?

Water Softening – How It Works

Hard water is caused by high levels of calcium and magnesium in the water. Water softeners treat the water by using salt and ion-exchange resins to remove these minerals. When the water comes in contact with the resins, the calcium and magnesium ions transfer out of the water and onto the active sites on the resin. Then they are replaced in the solution by the sodium ions.

Reverse Osmosis – How It Works

Reverse osmosis is the process used to purify water used for drinking and cooking. The water in our RO system goes through three stages. In the prefilter stage, large particles like silt and rust are removed by the filter. Next the water goes through the membrane. Hydrogen and oxygen pass through the pores while dissolved solids are caught and removed. Finally, the water goes to the holding tank after going through one last stage of filtration to remove any leftover contaminants.

Which one is best for your Phoenix area home?

Water softeners will protect your home and fixtures from hard water stains and build up. It will also make your hair and skin feel softer, and it will get rid of those pesky spots on your dishes. A reverse osmosis system is most commonly installed to use for drinking water and water used for cooking. It produces cleaner, healthier water with a better taste.

If you’re not sure which system would benefit your family, let Parker and Sons help you. We offer water softeners and RO systems for your Phoenix area home, and we’ll help you decide which one is best for you. Schedule your next service call or estimate online today.

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