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It isn’t always easy to decide what water treatment system works best for you. With so many options on the market, it can be challenging to understand the difference between various alternatives. At Atlantic Blue Water Center, we believe that families should be informed about different systems so they can make an accurate decision. If you believe you could benefit from a water conditioner, but you’re not sure how it works, you’re in the right place!

Many homeowners find that a water conditioner is an easy and effective way to produce clean, healthy water. However, you may be wondering exactly how it will improve your water. How can you tell if you need one, and what makes it different than a water softener? Let’s take a closer look at this unique water treatment method below.

What is a Water Conditioner?

A water conditioner is used to remove chemicals and substances that give your water an unpleasant taste or smell. They are typically used to remove chloramines, chlorine, organic gases, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and even lead. Unlike water softeners, these systems do not require the use of salt or brine. However, some water conditioners do offer water softening benefits for homeowners dealing with hard water. Conditioners do this by transforming the structure of hard minerals so they don’t attach to fixtures and pipes. In addition, water conditioning systems do not involve the use of a drain line, which makes them energy-efficient.

What Are the Signs You Need a Water Conditioner?

To have a clear understanding of your water’s quality, you must have a test performed. At Atlantic Blue Water Center, our state-certified testing process is designed to be highly accurate. After presenting you with your test results, our team of experts can help you decide if a water conditioner is right for you. However, there are several indicators to look out for that could suggest such a system might be beneficial to you:

  • Off-putting smell or taste. Usually, this is one of the first things we hear from clients. You know how your water usually tastes, so it’s important to pay attention to any sudden changes to your supply. If your water has a metallic or sour taste, it could be due to a high acid content in your water. Water conditioners work to eliminate acidity and return your water to its original condition.
  • Iron, manganese and copper in your water. If iron, manganese and copper show up on your water test results, we will likely recommend a water conditioner. Water conditioners are designed to eliminate these substances.
  • Issues with your pipes. Have you noticed any pinhole leaks in your pipes? Perhaps you’ve spotted blue-green stains on your fixtures, or you’ve had to have your pipes repaired more often than you should. If this is the case, corrosion could be an issue. Corrosion is caused by elevated levels of copper and iron. Fortunately, however, water conditioners can remedy this problem.
  • Scale build-up. If limescale is accumulating on your dishware and water-using appliances, hard water could be wreaking havoc on your supply. Some signs of hard water also include low water pressure, soap scum, coarse laundry and dry hair and skin after bathing. Water conditioners address the issue of hard water by altering the structure of the minerals causing the problem. These systems allow minerals to remain present, but change them to prevent unwanted build-up.

For help diagnosing your water problem, we also recommend visiting our water solution center. If you’re concerned about any of these signs, you can also reach out to us for more information. We can help you decide if a water conditioner is right for you and walk you through the installation process. Our representatives are here to help!

How Can a Water Conditioner Improve Your Water?

Water conditioners are highly effective systems that are excellent at removing harmful substances from water. They can also resolve hard water issues without the use of salt. As hard water passes through the system, hard minerals transform into small crystals that attract other hard minerals. This form that is created doesn’t form limescale. If you are concerned about your water supply or are interested in improving it, conditioners are certainly worth exploring. The dual function of removing contaminants and addressing hard water makes them an attractive choice for residents.

The Experts at Atlantic Blue Water Center Are Here to Help 

Do you believe your family could benefit from a water conditioner? We provide water treatment and water softening solutions for homeowners that want a cleaner water supply and water that is free from hazardous carcinogens that can contribute to increased cancer risk. We’re also focused on providing additional education on water treatment, water quality, and issues associated with water contaminants. Call us at (410) 751-9200 to schedule your in-home water testing appointment today.