Soft water is so important in areas around Rockford, Illinois. Our water is so hard that without a water softener, we have to use 3 or 4 times the amount of soap for washing clothes, dishes, etc. Hot water heaters lime up quickly with a big fat layer of ROCK! Yes, ROCK! Glasses become filmy and dull and plates and silverware develop water spots.
Water softeners are a necessity here in Rockford, and the Home Environment Center specializes in efficient models which only regenerate on demand. It’s important to size the softener to the size of the plumbing in the home, the number of bathrooms, and the number of people. Efficient “on demand” water softeners use 40% less salt than earlier models which were set to regenerate every 3 or 4 days regardless of the amount of water used. These “on demand” softeners count the number of gallons of water going through the unit and only regenerate when necessary. If the brine tank runs out of salt, the softener goes through its regeneration cycle but no softening occurs. So, do remember to keep your brine tank filled with salt! If you have a power outage, you also need to reset the time on the softener. Some models have a internal back-up which will store the settings in memory for up to 48 hours.
If you have any questions about water softeners, please comment in the box below this post or call us at 815-282-9000.