A water softener is very useful in many ways, perhaps the most important use is its removal of metallic ions such as Magnesium and Calcium that cause water to become hard. You may want to consider the use of a water softener because hard water will make cleaning more difficult as soaps will not form lather readily with a hard water. When it comes to the issue of using a water softener, it all depends on the situation;
You must not use a water softener if the water is designated for drinking. Most of the metals causing water to become hard will remain soluble (partially in the water), the use of a water softener will mean, more heavy water will remain in your water faucets and they can be passed unto the home’s drinking water system.
You can make use of a water softener if the water is not designated or drinking but for common cleaning purposes such as laundry, or watering of garden plants. A water softener is very effective in the reduction of water hardness; therefore, you will end up using a small quantity of soaps or detergents for your washing and other cleaning chores at home.
The use of a water softener can significantly increase your body’s Sodium ingestion. There are numerous health issues associated with high sodium intake. Postural dizziness occurs more frequent in people who have high amounts of sodium from their drinking water. similarly, high intake of sodium can also lead to frequent sweats, and sometimes diarrhea or vomiting. Loss of more water from the body through sweats are more rampant in people who consume water that has been softened with a water softener. Consuming water that has water softener can lead to dehydration especially when the body consistently loses fluids.
You should not use a water softener because it can be expensive to use. It is believed that roughly 120 gallons of water are used up or lost per 100 gallons of water treated with a water softener. This can quickly add up to your water bills at home. Similarly, a water softener is ineffective in the removal and elimination of heavy metals like Lead, neither will it remove chlorides and their by-products, hence the water will remain unsafe for drinking.
A water softener has been found to be ineffective in the removal of unwanted taste or odor in water. The presence of strong odor in treated water may signify the presence of harmful bacteria, which makes it very unsafe for drinking. The continuous usage of water softener in homes can lead to the presence of more metallic ions in faucets and other fixtures, and that can speed up corrosion of metallic plumbing fixtures, causing a drastic reduction in their lifespans.
With all the pros and cons of water softener consider, one can conclude that water softener is only good to soften hard water used in washing, and other cleaning chores, however, the water softener must not be used on water that is needed for drinking and cooking purposes.