Hard water is caused by too many calcium and magnesium ions in your water. This can leave calcium deposits on your faucets, spots on your glassware, and prevent soaps from lathering, among other things. You can use a water softener to negate this problem, but with so many options on the market, it can be challenging to figure out what you need. Here are a few tips to help you choose between water softeners in Chicago.
Determine the Hardness of You Water
The first thing you should do is determine the hardness level of your water, which is measured in grains per gallon or gpg. Your city water supply might measure this using either liters, milligrams, or even parts per million. If you rely on city water, you can call your municipality to figure out your water hardness level. You can also purchase a test kit to determine this for yourself.
Determine the Grain Capacity You Will Need
Once you’ve figured out the hardness level of your water, you can use it to determine the size of water softener that you need for your home.
- Multiply the number of people in your household by 80 (the average number of gallons a person uses per day).
- Multiply that number by the hardness level of your water.
The number you arrive at will be the number of grains of hardness that need to be removed per day. You will need a water softener that is equipped to handle that amount of hard water. As an example, most four-person families will require a 33,000-grain unit.
Contact Chicagoland Water Conditioning today to talk to an expert about your water softener options.