How a Reverse Osmosis System Will Benefit Your Family

Reverse Osmosis System

Have you thought about installing a reverse osmosis system?

When it comes to your family’s drinking water, you have your choice of a few different types of filtration systems. The best feature RO technology, purifying water by using pressure to push it through a semi-permeable membrane. To see what makes reverse osmosis the ideal water treatment solution, read on.

Safer and Cleaner Water Supply

One of the greatest advantages of installing a reverse osmosis system is knowing that your household has water that’s nearly free of impurities. The RO process can remove up to 99 percent of common contaminants, including arsenic, lead, nitrate, bacteria, viruses and particulates.

Great-Tasting Drinking Water

With an RO system removing unwanted contaminants from your water, every glass you drink will have a clear, refreshing taste. Water filtered through reverse osmosis is widely considered to be the best for drinking and cooking, and you’ll love having a virtually unlimited supply.

Savings that Quickly Add Up

You can say goodbye to bottled water after installing an RO system, and by doing so, you can save quite a bit of your hard-earned money. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on single-use bottles each year, you’ll be getting your drinking water for just a few pennies per gallon.

Reduced Environmental Impact

Plastic is recyclable, but did you know that roughly 70 percent of the water bottles we use end up in a landfill? Install an RO system, and you’ll be doing your part to benefit the environment – you won’t need to buy single-use bottles, and that means your family will produce less plastic waste.

Ready to Reap the Benefits of Reverse Osmosis?

If your home is in Salt Lake City or the surrounding area, Kinetico Utah is the water treatment company to call. Our innovative RO systems outperform others on the market in several ways, as they’re designed to:

  • Provide a constant flow, delivering water at about twice the speed as other filtration systems
  • Conserve water, using up to 93 percent less than filtration systems made by other manufacturers
  • Make maintenance easy, as you can change filters with a simple twist – and the indicator lets you know when it’s time for filter replacement

In addition, Kinetico RO systems are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation to remove more contaminants than any other system you can buy. Choose Kinetico, and you’ll feel confident in not only the quality of your family’s drinking water, but also in the quality of your filtration system. Ours are made to operate for up to twenty years, but for your peace of mind, we also provide an industry-leading warranty.

For more information on water filtration, or to schedule a free consultation to discuss the benefits of installing a reverse osmosis system with the Kinetico Utah team, contact us today.

Where Can a Water Softener Be Installed in Your Utah Home?

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You know that installing a water softener will solve your hard water problems. No more spotty dishes and soap scum, no more scale buildup on your faucets and fixtures, no more dingy clothes – all of these issues will disappear once your softening system is in place.

But, where should that place be?

The ideal location is one that has adequate space and access to plumbing and a drain. The spot must also meet any code restrictions and temperature requirements of the water treatment equipment. Below, the Kinetico team shares examples of where water softeners are commonly installed in northern Utah homes.

Basement

Most Utah homeowners choose to place their softening systems in the basement. There’s plenty of space to accommodate a water softener of any size, and installing it near the water heater keeps the treatment equipment centralized.

Crawl Space

Some Utah homes have crawl spaces that are suitable locations for a softening system, but the size of the area can limit the size of the softener installed. And for this location to work, the brine tank must be easily accessible for salt refills.

Garage

The garage can be a good spot for water softener installation in Utah homes that are without basements or crawl spaces. Attention to temperature control and additional plumbing work may be necessary, but garage spaces are typically rather convenient.

Utility Room

Owners of cabins and other Utah homes constructed on a slab sometimes opt to install softening systems in a utility room. The spaces are small and may require extra work to create a drain, but with creative problem solving, the location can absolutely work.

Consult with an Experienced Water Treatment Professional

Before you make any decisions about where to install your softening system, talk to the water treatment experts at Kinetico Utah. We can determine what size of softener your household needs, and that information will help you figure out the best location. In addition, our experienced team can explain your equipment options and offer advice on which softener you should install.

Kinetico is a trusted brand, a company that’s been at the forefront of the water treatment industry for several decades. Softening systems designed by Kinetico don’t require electricity, regenerate only when necessary and use much less salt than softeners from other manufacturers. Utah homeowners who install Kinetico systems enjoy 20 to 30 years of trouble-free operation – and Kinetico water softeners require very little maintenance.

If you live in Salt Lake City or the surrounding northern Utah area, we’d love to provide you with more information on our water treatment systems. For expert advice and answers to all of your questions about water softener installation, contact Kinetico Utah and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Water Filters vs. Water Softeners – What’s the Difference?

Should you get a water softener or a water filter?

If you’re concerned about the quality of your tap water, you could invest in a high-tech water filter – reverse osmosis filtration systems are quite effective for Utah homes. But is installing a water softener a better idea?

To figure out the answer to that question, you need to understand how the two treatment options differ.

Water Filter Systems

Water filters, as you might expect, filter out harmful pollutants and contaminants from your household supply.

Carbon filters capture large particulates, and they can be formulated to address specific contamination concerns like arsenic or chlorine. High-quality reverse osmosis purification systems – like those made by Kinetico — can efficiently eliminate these along with a wide range of other impurities. As such, a reverse osmosis filtration system is likely to improve the quality of what’s flowing from your tap more than a carbon filtration system.

Water Softener Systems

Water softeners are filters – but instead of removing harmful contaminants, they filter out minerals that create hard water.

Hardness may not be hazardous to your health, but the effects can be problematic. The calcium and magnesium ions hard water contains cause soap scum buildup, dingy laundry and dry, itchy skin. Plus, the minerals leave limescale deposits in your pipes –which not only wreaks havoc on your plumbing system, but also shortens the lifespan of your washing machine, dishwasher and any other household appliance that uses water. Softeners do away with these issues, and Kinetico’s non-electric, on-demand softening systems feature a compact twin-tank design and use much less salt than softeners made by other brands.

Do You Need a Water Filter or Water Softener?

Depending upon where you live in Utah, you may have a number of contaminants threatening your household water supply. And while mineral composition differs from region to region, hardness is also a problem throughout much of the state.

The easiest way to decide on a treatment solution is to get your supply tested for impurities and minerals. After a thorough analysis, you’ll know exactly what it contains – and a treatment specialist can recommend a cost-effective system that solves your quality problems.

That may be a reverse osmosis filtration system, a softening system – or both. Homeowners don’t have to choose one or the other, and installing a reverse osmosis system in addition to a softener is often the ideal solution.

At Kinetico Utah, a decade-long industry leader serving Salt Lake City and the surrounding northern Utah area offers a selection of innovative filtration and softening systems. We’re known for providing advanced treatment solutions at affordable prices, and our commitment to customer service is second to none.

The Kinetico Utah team is always happy to answer questions, and we’d love to help make sure you and your family have a steady supply of safe, soft water. For more information on the products and services we offer, or to schedule a free, no-obligation quality test and consultation to determine if you need a water filter, water softener or both, contact our office in Draper, Utah, today.

Do You Need a Water Softener? Here’s How to Tell

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If you have hard water, you should seriously consider installing a water softener. Without one, mineral buildup can create plumbing issues, reduce the lifespan of your appliances and increase your home energy costs.

So, how do you know if you have hard water? Here are the telltale signs that you could benefit from water softener installation.

Scale Residue

Take a look at your faucets, fixtures and showerheads. If you see limescale or mineral deposits, you probably have hard water. The same is true if you notice rust-colored stains in your sinks or toilets, and in either case, the solution lies in a softening system.

Appliance Problems

If your dishwasher isn’t getting your dishes as clean as it used to – or if your washing machine seems to be leaving a residue on your clothing — hard water is the likely culprit. Install a softening system, and you can have cleaner dishes and clothes.

Itchy Dry Skin

If anyone in your household has noticed their skin getting dry and itchy, you could be in need of a water softener. Bathing or showering in hard water can cause skin irritation, particularly in those with eczema and other skin issues.

Dull or Dingy Hair

Using water that contains a high mineral content to wash and condition your hair makes thoroughly rinsing away the products quite difficult. And when residue is left behind, the result is limp, dull-looking hair.

Higher Energy Bills

As your appliances become less efficient and your pipes have to work harder, your water bills rise. If you’ve noticed that your monthly bill is rising, installing a water softener can help bring your costs down. And if you get yours from Kinetico, you’ll see even greater energy savings, as our softening systems don’t use electricity.

If you live in northern Utah and want to learn more about the benefits of installing a water softener – or if you ready to explore your softening system options – turn to the professional team at Kinetico Utah.

Kinetico has been an industry leader for decades, known for innovative and affordable solutions to hard water problems. And, we’re always happy to answer questions, offer advice and help home and business owners find effective ways to meet their treatment needs. For more information on our products, or to schedule a free professional consultation to discuss water softener installation with the Kinetico Utah team, contact our Draper office today.

How Do Kinetico Water Softeners So Little Salt?

How much salt does a water softener use

One key reason many people choose Kinetico water softeners is that they use about 70 percent less salt than competing brands. Investing in one means not having to pay for or lug around nearly as many bags of salt, something everyone appreciates.

But, many of our customers want to know why our softening systems don’t need much salt. If you’re curious, read on to learn about the three features of Kinetico water softeners that cut down on salt usage.

Regeneration Based on Real-Time Water Use

Traditional softening systems have computerized controls that are set to regenerate at specific times. They cannot soften water and regenerate at the same time, so the regeneration has to happen when no one is using water, like in the middle of the night.

The problem is, these types of softeners regenerate as scheduled, whether or not they actually need regeneration – and that results in burning through as much as 25 to 30 percent more salt than really necessary.

Kinetico softeners don’t regenerate on any schedule. The advanced engineering allows for regeneration at any time, without any effect on their softening capacity. As such, no salt is wasted with a Kinetico system.

Innovative Countercurrent Regeneration Process

The regeneration process for a traditional softening system starts at the top of the brine tank and moves downward. This is not an efficient approach – we’d compare it to cleaning a sink full of greasy pots and pans, then using the same dishwater to wash glassware.

How so? The concentration of hard water contaminants is highest at the top of the tank, so the top-down approach basically regenerates contaminated water with contaminated water.

Kinetico softeners feature counter current regeneration, starting at the bottom of the brine tank and working its way upward. This technology cuts unnecessary salt use by roughly 25 percent.

System Regeneration Process Uses Soft Water

Traditional water softeners use hard water in the regeneration process. And as you might expect, this is counterproductive – and wastes a great deal of salt.

Kinetico softening systems don’t operate this way. Instead, they regenerate with soft water, which makes a world of difference. In fact, this state-of-the-art design feature cuts down on salt usage by 20 percent.

Now you know why Kinetico water softeners use much less salt – and if you’d like to learn more about our high-quality, innovative softening systems, reach out to Kinetico Utah today.

A trusted local industry leader for over 30 years, Kinetico Utah has helped countless homeowners enjoy better household water quality. Contact us and schedule a free, no-pressure consultation to discuss the many benefits of Kinetico water softeners today!

How Water Softeners Work

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As a homeowner or renter, chances are you’ve heard a lot about hard and soft water. These are definitions that describe the content of hard minerals in a given sample of water, with “hard” water referring to samples with higher quantities of these minerals and “soft” water referring to samples with lower (or absent) quantities.

At Kinetico, we offer the best water softener solutions around to turn tough, hard water that may aggravate the skin and cause several other issues into soft, clean water that’s both healthier and more comfortable for basic bodily use. Let’s look into the details of how a water softener works once you’ve had one installed in your home or business.

Hard Water Definitions and Statistics

The thresholds for hard and soft water are measured using the levels of hard water minerals in milligrams per liter of water. For water to be considered soft, it must contain less than 17.1 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of hard water minerals – anything above is considered some form of hard water.

Hard water varies in its definitions, however. Water in the 120 mg/L range is moderately hard, but becomes fully hard at about 180 mg/L. Anything above 180 is considered “very hard” water.

The prevalence of hard water in the United States is greater than many are aware of. Roughly 85 percent of US households are in hard water areas.

Ion Exchange

A water softener works using a process called ion exchange. The water softener contains resin beads that hold ion of either sodium or potassium – when hard water is passed through it, this resin captures dissolved rock ion (the hard particles we’re trying to eliminate). The resin then uses the sodium or potassium as a substitute, exchanging it for the dissolved rock ion.

Recharging

When all the resin in the water softener has picked up dissolved rock ions, it is now saturated. From here, the saturated softener is “recharged” with a saline rinse, which washes dissolved rock ions down a given drain and starts the process over again. The resin resets with fresh sodium or potassium, and is ready to soften water once again.

For more on how water softeners work, or to schedule water softener installation, speak to the pros at Kinetico today.

Three Little Known Benefits of Water Softeners

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If you have hard water in your home and are considering water softeners from Kinetico Utah, we want you to make the best choice for your family. Our goal is to educate you about all the benefits that come from installing a water softener.  Here we have several little known benefits of using water softeners.

Brighter, Longer-Lasting Clothing

Hard water is hard on your laundry, and using soft water ensures that your clothes stay brighter and last longer. If you’re raising kids and it seems like you do several loads of laundry each day, this can greatly cut back on fading and wear and tear that is common when clothes are washed.  You will also have soft fluffy towels again, instead of the hard crunchy ones you now have.

Along with your clothing, your washing machine may last longer because the buildup of deposits and minerals that are common with hard water are eliminated. This not only improves the function of your machine, but saves you money in the long run.

Softer Skin

Hard water contains minerals that can be hard on your skin. With soft water, those minerals are removed, ensuring that skin is softer and smoother after you wash it. Hard water creates a dingy film that resides on the skin, and soft water ensures that your skin is clear and fresh every time you bathe.

Stronger Plumbing Systems

As with your washing machine, your other water using appliances, pipes and fixtures may have scale buildup in them, if you have hard water in your home. After several years, this can wear on your plumbing. If you hate clogged jets in your dishwasher, leaky faucets and hard water rings on your toilets, a water softener may solve your problems. A water softener removes minerals like calcium and magnesium that buildup in your homes plumbing.

Call Kinetico Utah Today

If you want to know more about the benefits of water softeners, give us a call today at 800-969-4420.

 

Four Benefits of a Kinetico Water Softener System

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You may already know about the benefits that a water softener can provide for your home—everything from protection against faded clothing to softer skin and, not to mention, money savings from using less detergent and soap—but not all water softeners are created equal. If you have considered purchasing one, you probably know that there are a lot of different choices out there, but how do you know which is the best? Here are four reasons that you should put Kinetico in Utah at the top of your list.

No Electricity

All other water softeners use electricity, but combining salt, water and electricity is usually not a very good idea.  Kinetico systems are different because they are non-electric and use the force of water to power the unit, which means you won’t have to plug it in (and pay for electricity), plus there aren’t any electrical components that might go haywire or need repair in the future. According to Consumer Reports Magazine “servicepersons report that microprocessors are among the most frequently broken components of these systems” and “the damp often salty environment is hard on electric circuitry.” A non-electric Kinetico water softener eliminates all of these concerns and never requires you to program or reset it.  When water is used it simply measures the usage and regenerates whenever it needs to.

Automatically Adjusts to Water Usage

Regular water softener systems determine when to regenerate based on an average of your past daily water usage. Therefore, you get the same treatment interval when you are on vacation and using no water, as you would when you have your entire extended family in town for the holidays using 10 times your normal volume of water. Kinetico systems monitor your water use so it processes whenever it’s needed—not sooner, not later—which means you always get quality soft water and never have excess waste.

Long-Lasting and Dependable

Kinetico has been making water softeners for more than 40 years, so when you get tired of another water softener that is causing you all sorts of problems, constantly requiring repairs or needing parts replaced, call us and we’ll replace it with a Kinetico system. Our non-electric, dual softening tank water softeners are engineered to provide 20-30 years of reliable service and are backed by an industry-leading ten year warranty. 

Uses 70% Less Salt 

Yes, that is correct; a Kinetico water softener will use an average of 70% less salt than a traditional water softener.  Imagine how nice it would be to significantly reduce the number of trips you make to the store to pick up salt! That’s less times you have to haul those heavy 40 lb. bags from the garage down to the basement and then empty them into the salt tank.

It may sound too good to be true but, a Kinetico water softener really does operate without electricity, it automatically adjusts to your water usage so, you always have soft water, it uses an average of 70% less salt and provides many decades of reliable, trouble-free service.  

To find out more, contact your local Kinetico professional.

What to Look for Before Buying a Water Softener

Hot steaming running tap water is pouring out of a stainless steel kitchen faucet.

If you are beginning to notice the detrimental signs of hard water in your home—everything from soap scum buildup on your shower walls to dry, itchy skin, spots or film on glasses and dishware and faded clothing, a water softener is a great idea to improve the quality of your water. Today there are so many choices when it comes to water softeners, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your family. Use these criteria to figure out which one you want in your home.

 

1: Know What You Need to Fix

 

Before you can figure out which water softener to purchase, you need to determine what exactly is in your water. Getting the water tested for common contaminants can ensure that you get the right solution for the problems that you have.

 

2: Pay Attention to the Details

 

The efficiency of your system often depends on more than just a brand name. Check to make sure that your water softener includes quality components, which will last a lot longer and require less frequent replacement or repair,  saving  a lot of money over the life of your water softener. When you have poor quality components, it often results in wasted water and salt, which increase your operating costs.

 

3: Purchase the Correct Size

 

Water softeners, like water heaters, come in different sizes. The correct size is generally dependent on the number of people that are living in your home, how much water you use, and the level of water hardness. Purchasing a too-small system will cause excess wear and tear and you’ll have to replace it sooner.

 

4: Think About Price and Quality

 

Everyone wants to get a great deal on a water softener, but going with the cheapest option isn’t always best. Consider both the price and the quality of the water softener to ensure that you get one that fits your budget, but will also last a long time and provide you with the right level of soft water, as well as a good warranty. A quality softener will also keep maintenance costs down, reducing costs over the life of your water softener.

 

Purchasing the right water softener means doing your research and getting the one that fits your needs perfectly, while removing all the minerals and other deposits in your water. Talk to Kinetico in Utah to find out more.

Signs Your Water Softener Needs Service or Repair

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Water softeners are a great addition to many homes, and when they are working properly they provide plenty of benefits, ranging from cleaner, more comfortable clothing and towels to healthier skin and hair. When they are not working, though, you want to get repairs done quickly so you can get back to enjoying that nice soft water every day. Here are a few early signs that there might be a problem so you can stay on top of the repairs.

Dishes Appear Cloudy

If you notice that your dishes are not as bright and clean as they have normally been, you should check your water softener first. The minerals in hard water often leave water spots or deposits on your glass dishes, so this is a quick way you can spot a problem.

Soap Isn’t Lathering as Well

You may also notice that when you’re soaping up in the shower you have to use a lot more soap and you’re not getting those luxurious, sudsy bubbles that you were before. That could be a result of hard water, which makes soaps more difficult to lather.

Skin Feels Itchy and Dry

Another time you might feel the water softener not working is when you shower or bathe and get out feeling itchy and dry. Soft water is better at moisturizing your skin, so that itchy, dry feeling is not something you would normally experience.

You’re Not Replacing the Salt as Often

This is one that you may not notice right away, but something you will see gradually over time. If you normally replace a bag of salt about once a month, then you go for two or three months without needing to replace it (and with no substantial change in your water usage habits), that means the tank isn’t using up the salt correctly, and it likely means that your water softener has malfunctioned.

Troubleshooting the Issues

The easiest way to find out if something is wrong with your water softener is to call a professional to come and inspect it, but there are also a couple of things you can do on your own to check the system. Simply making sure your system is plugged in and the clock is properly timed for the backwash cycles can save you a lot of headache in the long run. You can also check hardness settings if your unit comes with those to make sure that they are still on your preferred level.

You may also need to clean out the resin bed if your water softener requires it, but in many cases it’s better to call a professional for this. They can also inspect for problems in the supply tank that feeds salt to the unit. Other issues might include a malfunctioning resin rinsing system that has clogged the intake. In the absence of an obvious way to fix it yourself (such as plugging it back in if it came unplugged), it’s often best to leave it to the professionals so you don’t risk injury to yourself or others, or the chance that you will cause even more damage.