If you have noticed that soap scum builds up in your shower, then it maybe time to invest in a water softener. The way a water softener works, is by removing hard minerals from your water, which are the cause of soap scum. When trying to decide on the best water softener for your home, you not only want to consider your water consumption, but how hard your water actually is. While you can guess and choose a water softener, strictly based on the size of your house. The best way to find the proper water softener for your home, is to purchase a water testing kit from your hardware store, to get some general idea of how hard your water is.
When it comes to water softeners there are two main types of units, traditional salt based water softeners and newer salt-less water softeners. While you can read the various water softener reviews online to get an idea of the features of various units, you will really want to decide which type of unit you want to purchase. For example, if you don't want to carry around heavy bags of salt from the hardware store or grocery store, then choosing a salt-less water softener can be a good idea. Alternatively, if you have especially hard water, you may find that going with a salt based water softener can save you hundreds of dollars a year. In fact, in many instances if you have especially bad water, the only real option that you have to go with, is using a traditional salt based water softener. Once you have selected which type of water softener you want to go with, next you will need to figure out the size of unit that your home requires. Selecting the proper size of unit is extremely important, since if you select the wrong size of unit, you will find your water softener won't last as long and your water output will be less than you would like.