To use or not use a water softener? This could be a common question to have crossed your mind if you are already using a septic system. Let’s take a look at if one should use a water softener along with a septic system or not.
What is a septic system?
You first need to understand the working mechanism of a septic system before you decide in favor of a water softener. A standard septic system has a septic tank, a distribution box, and a drainfield. All these components are connected by pipes. Wastewater from home is released into the septic tank where the wastes are partially decomposed by bacteria naturally occurring in human waste. Thereafter the treated water is distributed into the drainfields.
What does a water softener do?
Hard water contains iron oxides and salts of calcium and magnesium. These minerals can disrupt your plumbing system and stain your fixtures and floorings. A water softener removes these unwanted minerals from hard water by a method of ion exchange. It works to remove highly charged positive ions from water and replace them with weaker charged sodium ions.
Do I need a water softener?
Yes. The right amount of sodium in water helps bacteria to flourish, thus leading to an efficient functioning of the septic system. With soft water, one needs smaller quantities of soaps, shampoos and cleaning detergents than with hard water, thus leading to lesser load and consequently better functioning of the septic system.
However old and poorly functioning water softeners produce more brine than necessary, in turn having a negative effect of the performance of septic system. Thus it is important that you have a proper standard water softener to solve the purpose. Look up water softener reviews on various sites, or consult professionals before you install a water softener for your home.