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The Hard Water Corner

Common sense information about a common problem.

Water Softener Jacksonville FL

Water Softener Jacksonville FL

There is a lot to be said about Jacksonville’s hard water supply and in this segment, we will look at; why use a water softener in Jacksonville FL, what kinds of water softeners in Jacksonville FL exist and how they differ.

North East Florida sits atop a huge mineral deposit made primarily of limestone. Water is the universal solvent and can dissolve almost anything including limestone which consists of calcium and magnesium minerals. These minerals are dissolved into solution and exist in the form of a positively charged ion which upon entering your home bind to everything they can causing limes build up and appliance/ fixture damage. While some moderate levels of hard water could be tolerated by most the excessively high levels of hard water in Jacksonville FL warrant the use of a special appliance referred to as a water softener. A water softener uses a special filtration media called resin to remove the hard water ions before they enter your home thus producing “soft water”. With soft water, it would be impossible to have the symptoms of hard water because there would be no hardness minerals left in the water supply. Many Jacksonville FL residents conclude the benefits of installing a water softener system far out way the costs associated with installing a water softener in Jacksonville FL.

There are primarily two venues to purchase a water softener in Jacksonville FL that we will briefly touch on.

1.      Store bought systems. Do it yourself? Not so fast. Many people see low priced water softeners in Jacksonville FL at the big box retail stores. While considering this option is important to consider the following questions: Who installs the system and how much will that cost? Who fixes it when it breaks or needs service? The natural answer would be, well Home Depot right after all that is where I bought the system. That answer would be wrong the Home Depot will not install the system on maintain it when service issues arise, after all they don’t even stock the parts so that repairs could be carried out by you or others. This is usually more than most home owners are bargaining for when searching for a water softener in Jacksonville FL.

 

2.      Full Service Quality Water Dealer. Quality water dealer…not all dealers who refer to themselves as a quality water dealer produce a service that customers would refer to as quality. In the day of the internet and online reviews everywhere it’s easy to weed out the bad ones. With a little searching, you can easily uncover if the company has a history of less than honest business practices. There are plenty of, what we call, scams from companies promising a $50 gift card in exchange for allowing them to test your water. Unfortunately, these sales “demonstrations” usually take up to 2-3 hours of your time and cost $4K-$7K for a water softener, which is shocking to me and most others. And if you don’t buy? Out come all the cheesy sales tactics, phone calls to managers and you guessed it no $50 gift card. However, with a quick internet search these experiences can easily be avoided. To make it even easier for you these types of companies usually will interrupt you by knocking on your door or calling you on the phone. So, if you learn of a company selling water softeners in Jacksonville FL through solicitation there is a good chance you will not be happy with the sales practices or service after the sale per online reviews.

There are however reputable dealers who sell quality systems at reasonable prices and provide customer support.

 

Not that I want you looking around because we are the best there is in North East Florida but there are some reputable dealers that I would purchase with, if I weren’t in the business.

 

Our estimates are free and easy to schedule. Working around your schedule we can accommodate weekday evenings or weekends takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

 

Contact us today to schedule your free estimate.

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Residential Water Softener How To's-Adding Salt

Residential Water Softener How To's-Adding Salt

Most people that purchase a residential water softener in Jacksonville FL are doing so for the very first time. Therefore they know little about how a water softener works or what kind of maintenance that a water softeners need. In this post we will discuss what kind of maintenance water softeners need.

Salt is the only ongoing upkeep your water softener requires. You never have to change the salt; you simply add it as needed. Just like your car uses gas so the water softener uses salt. The amount of salt you use will be according to your amount of water consumption and how hard the water is at your home.  

When Do I Add More Salt?

Salt can be added as much as you like. Some people prefer to add a bag a month just to make sure that their system has salt. Others, like me, fill it all the way to the top to reduce the frequency of servicing the system. But when you look in the salt pot and see only water it’s time to add a bag or two. The goal is to keep the salt above the water level so that the salt looks dry. This assures a maximum concentration of sodium and thus nice soft water.

Three Phases Of Salt Consumption

Salt Pot Full

Salt Pot HalfSalt Pot Empty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase One-Full Salt Pot 

This is a salt pot that is completely full. I fill my salt pot all the way to the top like this one 2 to 3 time per year, that’s it. (note: individual results WILL vary. Water softeners use salt based on usage. So if your home uses more water the water softener will use more salt. If you use less water the water softener will use less salt.) The point made with this picture is that you dont have to add salt all the time or every month if you dont have the time to do so. Water softener salt pots usually hold between 200 and 300 pounds of salt which will give you some wiggle room when servicing.  

Phase Two-Half Full Salt Pot

As the salt is consumed the salt level will become lower and lower. Eventually it will be low enough that the salt level will begin to submerge beneath the water like this. This is a good time to add some salt. 

Phase Three-Empty Salt Pot             

At this phase the salt pot will be mostly empty with nothing but water inside. Salt should be added immediately to assure soft water for your home. If you run out of salt you run out of soft water.                         

Where Do I Buy Water Softener Salt In Jacksonville FL?

Salt is for sale almost everywhere. Publix, Walmart, Home Depot, Costco…etc. It’s called water softener salt or solar salt. You simply need Water Softener Solar Salt. Like anything there is usually a generic type brand and a name brand of salt on the shelf. At Publix you will find.

Publix stores in Jacksonville FL:

40 lbs Sun Gems                                               $4.99-$5.99

40 lbs Morton’s                                                  $5.99-$6.99

Does it matter if I use salt pellets or salt crystals?

No. It has no bearing on the function of the water softener as what form of salt is in the tank. Salt pellets or salt crystals is a preference. Some of the salt brands claim a longer water softener life if you use their brand; however that claim is very difficult to prove.

What about salt with rust remover in it?

Also on the shelf is a bag of salt that costs a little more that has a rust remover additive. This additive is a cleaner that helps the water softener resin stay clean when it is removing iron in addition to hard water. So this type of salt product is not needed on city water in Jacksonville FL. Our city water is very hard but it does not have iron in it so therefore you don’t need the rust remover salt. Rust remover salt is for water softeners installed on private well water. 

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