Drinking sufficient water is one of the best things we can do to stay healthy. It is clear from studies that majority of people suffer from dehydration even without realizing it. Drinking enough water ensures that the metabolic functions of the body are carried on perfectly. But can we trust the water coming from the kitchen tap or even the water sold in high priced bottles? It is proven that the water coming to our kitchens contains many toxins and harmful chemicals. These may be agricultural run offs, industrials wastes or other chemicals and organisms in the plumbing system.
In our quest for clean and safe drinking water, under sink water softeners may be the perfect answer. Hard water is the water which contains large quantities of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium. It is actually beneficial for health to drink such water and it also has a good flavor.
An under sink water softeners clean the water before it reaches the tap so that it is just perfect for drinking, cooking, preparing baby food or brushing your teeth. All softeners work in almost the same way. An under sink water softener consists of a tank of ion exchange resin. The minerals present in hard water cause a scale to from on the inside of pipes which affects heat conduction in equipments like electric kettles, water heaters or washing machines. The resin in the softener traps all the calcium and magnesium and allows only soft water to enter your tap.
Hard water reacts with soap to from a sticky scum, and there is hardly any lather, whatever soap you use. It results in dingy clothes, dull hair and skin and scale spots on dishes. The scale also blocks pipes. Due to bad heat conduction, it also affects the performance of electrical appliances, shooting up the electricity bill.
Under sink water softeners contain an automatic timer control which will periodically clean or regenerate the resin. This is done by passing salt water through the resin. The salt swaps places with the trapped calcium and magnesium and allows the trapped minerals to be flushed away. The timing mechanism can be set by you according to your usage and time preferences. The system only requires topping up with salt once in a while. A reverse osmosis system can also be used along with under sink water softeners to control the amount of salt in water.
Soft water is not suggested for those with heart or circulatory problems because in the softening process, as the minerals are removed, the sodium content in the water increases. These days there are salt free under sink water softeners available in the market, which means it is almost a maintenance free investment. These do not require any separate drainage nor do you need a separate resin restorer. A conventional softener uses up to two kilos of salt in a month. Under sink water softeners can be the perfect solution to problems caused by hard water.