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2 Misconceptions About Water Softeners Debunked

If you have considered having a water softener installed at your home, then you likely already know how much better soft water is for your skin, hair, home appliances, and plumbing than hard water is. However, if you have not yet decided to "pull the trigger" and have a water softening system installed in your home, then you may have decided against it due to one of the following myths. Read on to learn the truth behind two common misconceptions about home water softeners and why you can have soft water in your home without raising your blood pressure or sacrificing the health of your garden. 

Myth #1: Soft Water Will Raise Your Blood Pressure Due to its Sodium Content

While it is true that many home water softeners do introduce a little sodium into your home water to help remove water-hardening minerals by creating a reaction called ionic exchange, there are many reasons why you shouldn't decide to skip on a water softening system immediately due to having high blood pressure or worrying that the sodium will cause your blood pressure to become high. 

First, realize that a water softening system may not add anywhere near the amount of sodium to your water that you expect. While the exact amount of sodium needed to use to soften the water of a home varies depending on the hardness of the water (harder water needs more than water that is less hard), the average system introduces about 12.5 grams of sodium into every 8-ounces of water that flows from your tap. Health professionals consider soft water a "very low sodium" beverage that is unlikely to affect blood pressure at all. 

Still concerned about this small amount of sodium? You can have the installation technician use a strategic method of installation that softens the rest of the water that flows through your home pipes but bypasses the water of a certain tap you use most for your drinking water. Another option to skip the sodium altogether is to choose the new style of water softener that uses potassium instead of sodium to soften all of your home water. A little more potassium in your diet can actually help lower your blood pressure!

Myth #2: Your Garden Has to Suffer after Installing a Home Water Softener

While too much sodium is toxic to plants, remember that there is very little sodium in softened water, and it can be used on occasion to water plants without damaging them. However, it is true that watering your plants every day with softened water that contains sodium can be detrimental over the long run, because plants have no way to eliminate this excess sodium, and it can keep accumulating in them until it reaches a toxic level. 

Does that mean your dreams of enjoying both beautiful home landscaping and soft water are over? Not at all! First, remember that your water softening system can be installed to bypass certain plumbing fixtures and send them regular tap water instead; you can have your garden spigot bypassed, just as you can a drinking water faucet in your home. Also, most water softening systems today come with a main bypass valve that allows you to essentially "turn off" the water softener when you need to. That means that all you have to do to provide your plants with sodium-free tap water is trigger the bypass valve before you water them each day. Then, you can easily switch it back to water-softening mode when you are done. 

Softening your home's hard water can benefit your home and family in many ways. Forget any myths that may be keeping you from having a water softening system installed in your home and reaping its benefits! For more information, visit websites like