The Truth About Chlorine & Salt Softeners

Why did you buy a water softener? Why did you buy a water softener? Chances are you’d either read about or experienced the negative effects of hard water.

Scale buildup leaves residue on your water heater, appliances, and on your plumbing fixtures. Soaps and detergents become less effective. The high count of minerals in your drinking water caused multiple problems, and you addressed them by purchasing a water softener.

If you went with a salt-based water softener that choice was likely influenced by the fact that salt-based systems remove the magnesium and calcium minerals through ion exchange. When you’re investing in a solution for irritation and problems caused by hard water this is understandable.

However, salt-free water softeners negate the effects of magnesium and calcium by preventing the scale buildup they create, and also use no electricity and generate zero water waste. In addition, traditional salt-based water softener companies have ignored one crucial problem altogether: the chlorine present in your water supply.

Some homeowners incorrectly assume that water softeners remove chemicals like chlorine from the water they use to drink and bathe. However, salt-based water softeners have not answered the call for chlorine removal.

Most salt-based softener brands will recommend that homeowners invest in a reverse osmosis filtration system on top of their softener because the technology they use cannot address chlorine. This only reduces chlorine from tap water at the kitchen sink and does not address the water you bathe and shower in. You may wonder how chlorine can be so unwanted if it’s used by water utilities to disinfect your water. What real harm can chlorine do?

Plenty. Chlorine is inexpensive, which has made it a primary choice for water disinfection for decades. But chlorine also has many inherent hazardous chemical qualities. After all, chlorine gas was used as an effective weapon during World War I, burning bodily tissue and organs upon inhalation. We should be concerned, then, that high levels of a known poison agent are present in the water we drink.

According to Scientific American the consumption of drinking water treated with chlorine has been linked to a higher risk of rectal, bladder, and breast cancer. When chlorine is in your water supply it can interact with natural organic compounds to form THMs (trihalomethanes) that assist the growth of free radicals in your body once ingested, causing countless cells in your body to be damaged or destroyed.

As a disinfectant chlorine is designed to parasites like giardia and cryptosporidium if either are present in your water. But chlorine doesn’t discriminate – it can also decimate your intestinal tract by wiping out much of the “good” gut bacteria in your digestive system like lactobacilli. Poor digestion and related health problems can occur when drinking highly chlorinated water for great lengths of time.

Luckily, you don’t have to choose between filtering chlorine out of your water and taking care of your frustrating hard water problem. Products like Enviro’s water softener and filter combination systems take care of both problems while providing every tap in your home with refreshing, healthier and better-tasting water.

Filter the harmful chlorine and contaminants from your water and eliminate the negative effects of hard water without using expensive salt that can damage the water supply. With Enviro Water Products you can have it all and never worry again about what’s lurking in your water.

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