Do I Need a Water Softener for Well Water?

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Water hardness is a common problem with well water. As groundwater moves through soil and rock, minerals can dissolve into it. Your well may be supplying an ample amount of hard water if local soil has high concentrations of calcium and magnesium.

While hard water won’t harm your health, it can cause stains on dishes, kitchenware, and clothes; reduce the efficiency of appliances; and lead to limescale buildup in pipes and plumbing fixtures. A water softener for well water can mitigate these issues.

Where Is Hard Water Most Prevalent in Private Wells?

Water hardness is a consideration with domestic wells across the country. According to a study by the United States Geological Survey, the Twin Cities region is one area where hard water is concentrated. Other studies have shown water hardness is also correlated with carbonate aquifers and where dissolved solids are more prevalent.

Does a Water Softener Fully Purify Well Water?

Not exactly, as well water can present other issues as well. It may appear cloudy, which can be addressed with a water filter. If limescale, spots on dishes, or dry skin are present, a no-salt water softener is the best solution. However, if you notice rust stains or rotten egg odors associated with well water, an iron filtration system may be the better choice. Some well water systems have nitrites, nitrates, and other organic substances/toxins that can be removed by a reverse osmosis system.

Water Softener vs. a Whole House Water Filter

Not all whole house filters soften water. Depending on the model, you may also benefit from installing a water softener. Having both can address a wider range of issues and remove even smaller particles. Nonetheless, a water softener on its own will not remove bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Filtration systems are equipped to remove biological contaminants and deal with chlorination, chloramines, and volatile organic compounds as well.

*Chlorine has been used by municipal water suppliers to remove impurities. It and its byproducts can be harmful, but whether you need a filtration system for it or not depends on the quality of your well water (however, some water softeners that use activated carbon do remove chlorine).

Many homeowners with a well use both a water softener and whole house water filter. As an alternative to a water softener, you can buy a salt-free water conditioner to eliminate scale buildup. It’s an environmentally safe solution. Minerals aren’t removed chemically, but it won’t add salt or chemicals to your environment either. The scale control media in a water conditioner reduces mineral buildup in pipes using natural means.

Well Water and Water Softeners

It’s important to consider the best water softener for well water because well water can decrease a softener’s lifespan. A more durable system, with proper maintenance, can last longer. Testing your home water supply can help determine the hardness level and whether any other contaminants are present. If iron or sulfur are found, you may need a water filtration system as well.

If installing a water softener:

  • Make sure it is installed properly by a knowledgeable professional.
  • Purchase a unit with smart usage monitoring, which supports more reliable regeneration.
  • Use noncorrosive valves, which are more durable than standard rotary valves.
  • Check for signs the unit needs maintenance, such as automated notifications, low water pressure, or app notifications pertaining to water usage and salt levels.

How to Find the Best Water Softener for Well Water

At Service Today, we install, repair, and help maintain water softeners in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and other communities. We can also help pair one with other water treatment systems. Online coupons, special offers, and even financing for equipment/services are available. To schedule your appointment, call us at (888) 329-1185 today!