Water is one of those essential things that everyone needs, but depending on where you get your water, it may need some help to taste okay or remove minerals and other things from it before you use it. Water conditioning systems range from large to small and can be very specific to meet your needs.
Before installing a water conditioning system or filtration system of some kind, you need to have the water in your home tested to determine the best options for cleaning it. Sometimes all you need is a water softener; other times, a large filtration system is necessary to produce high-quality, clean water for your home.
Most water system installers can test the water in your home for you, and some independent labs will test it if you send them a sample. The results of the tests will help determine what needs to be removed from the water, and the filtration company can recommend a system that will do that for you.
Whole House Water Systems
Water conditioning systems located on the water line coming into your home will process the water before it gets to any point in the house. This means that no matter what tap is opened, the water coming out is clean and safe.
In homes that previously had hard water, the system can include water softening and mineral removal so that even the stains in sinks, tubs, and toilets are eliminated, and cleaning the basins becomes easier.
Typically, whole-house water conditioning systems are installed in the basement or an area that is easy to access and monitor. The system will need maintenance from time to time, but in most cases, adding salt to the system is all you will need to do.
Location Specific Systems
If you want to have water conditioning on the kitchen sink but don't care about having it in the shower or some other area, you can install a smaller conditioner under the sink that only cleans or softens the water coming through that line. Sometimes people do this to save on cost and lower the level of maintenance required.
A location-specific system could be installed on several different water lines if you need it, and if one line is only used occasionally, you will not need to change the filters on that one very often. While it might save some cost to install them this way, installing water conditioning systems like this are not nearly as effective as whole-house systems designed to clear up all the water in your home.
To learn more, contact a resource that supplies water conditioning systems.