What Hardness Should I Set My Water Softener to?

The nasty results of hard water can be seen everywhere around your home. This is especially true if you do not have a water softener. It will result in horrible deposits on all of your fixtures, clothes will get wrecked faster and even appliances will have diminished capabilities. It is very important that you have a water softener to not only help keep your home clean but stave off the costly price of repairs and replacement appliances. Once you have purchased a water softener you need to make sure you have it set correctly or the hard water will continue to persist.

What can happen if my water softener is not set correctly?

When your water softener is not set correctly there are two things that can happen. If it is set too high for the hardness level it will regenerate more often than it needs to and thus make your salt disappear faster. In essence, you will spend more money. If you set it too low, the water in your home will still continue to present as hard. This will make you spend even more money, but on different things like soap, shampoo and cleaning supplies as well as the above mentioned costly repairs. If it is set too low it certainly needs to be adjusted to an acceptable level.

What level should my softener be set at?

Basic water softeners are simple to set, you just need to know the hardness level of your water. Once you understand exactly what the hardness level is you will want to set the softener in accordance with the level. For instance, if your hardness is running at a 25, you would set it to 25 on the unit. Most of the time this is done by turning a dial or programming an electric head unit. Both are simple just follow the instructions that came with the unit.

Where do I find out my hardness level?

There are a couple of ways you can go about finding out the hardness level of your water. The first is to purchase test strips. These can be found at any hardware store or water filtration specialty shop. It is a simple test where you take and dip the strip into the water and then match the colors up to the proper guide. It will tell you the hardness level of your water. Be sure to test the water at the source. The water does get tested at the treatment facility if you are in town, but it can change based on what it picks up on the way to your home. You can also call a professional who can come out and test it for you. At times, this is no charge, but be prepared for a sales pitch.

Once you know your hardness level you will be able to set your water softener correctly. Soon you will be on your way to saving money because soft water is truly the key to doing just that. Should you have any more questions contact your local water treatment specialist who would be happy to assist.

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