Portasoft of Morris County, Inc.

Morris County: (973) 584-1549
Sussex County: (973) 579-1321
Warren County: (908) 475-1346
Toll Free: (800) 742-3794

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will a water softener add salt to my drinking water?
  2. Is it true that the discharge of salt water from a water softener is bad for my septic system?
  3. I have heard that soft water feels different, is this true?
  4. Is there a product I can pour down my well to remedy hard, acidic or iron water?

  1. Will a water softener add salt to my drinking water? The answer is no. However, there is a minimal increase in sodium. Salt is essential to regenerate the resin inside the tank, after regeneration the salt water is rinsed out a drain line. The ion exchange process adds a small amount of sodium. The increase of sodium in 1 quart of softened water would be equivalent to the sodium in 1 slice of white bread (approximately). The exact amount of sodium added will vary depending on the hardness of the water.back to top
  2. Is it true that the discharge of salt water from a water softener is bad for my septic system? The answer is no, The sodium discharge has been found to bring the bacterial environment necessary for waste breakdown, closer to an optimal range then the lower sodium supplies tested. The conditions are ideal for and favored by the bacteria.back to top
  3. I have heard that soft water feels different, is this true? Yes, soft water does feel different. Soft water does not contain the two hardness minerals calcium and magnesium which adheres to your skin, stripping it of its natural oils. It is necessary to make some adjustments after installing a water softener, use 1/2 the normal measurement of soaps and detergents. If soft water is difficult to get used to, hard water can be blended in and gradually reduced.back to top
  4. Is there a product I can pour down my well to remedy hard, acidic or iron water? Unfortunately no, there is nothing available to pour in one's well to remedy most common water problems. Almost all minerals must be filtered through a POE (point of entry) system for correction, installed at the waters point of entry to the home.back to top
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