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Salt vs Saltless Water Softener: Which is Best for My Home?

Here in Minnesota, almost everybody needs a water softener for their home because our water is naturally very hard. But what kind should you get? There are two types — salt and saltless. Would a saltless water softener be better for household use?

We consider water “hard” when it has an overly-high concentration of certain minerals — calcium and magnesium, in particular. Over time, those minerals can take a toll on our skin, hair, clothes, kitchenware, dishes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. It’s annoying, to say the least. And it can be costly, too. Soft water prevents these problems, which can save you time and money.

But is salt or saltless a better water solution for you?

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How Often Should My Water Softener Regenerate?

We've all heard that strange noise in our utility closets or mechanical rooms. Sure, it could be your furnace, but it could also be your water softener regenerating. Once you hear it, you wonder if your water softener is regenerating too often, or not frequently enough. Then you ask yourself, how often should my water softener regenerate?

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Soft Water vs Hard Water: The Real Cost of Not Having Soft Water

It’s hard to have hard water — hard on your body, hard on your clothing and dishes, hard on your appliances, hard on your wallet. When it comes to soft water vs hard water, the choice is an easy one.   

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How Long do Water Softeners Last? Tips for Extending its Life

Whether you just moved into a new house, just bought a new water softener, or you've had yours for years, you may be wondering when you're expected to replace it. How long do water softeners last, anyway? And do they require some kind of maintenance? You want your investment to last as long as possible. So, here are some tips to extend your water softeners lifespan.

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How to Test for Hard Water in Your Home

Have you noticed your shampoo doesn't lather in the shower, your skin tends to always be itchy, and there's soap scum buildup in the bathtub? These are all signs you may have hard water. It’s definitely annoying, and here in Minnesota, it’s a common problem. But, if you know how to test for hard water, you can identify the issue once and for all and start looking for ways to resolve it.

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Pee-Yew! Why Your Water Smells Like Rotten Eggs and How to Fix it

Have you noticed a rancid smell coming from the water in your home but you're not sure what's causing it? It's likely hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, it's not bad for you, it just doesn't smell very good. In fact, your water smells like rotten eggs. Pee-yew, indeed. Whether the problem exists all the time or only when you first turn on the water, you want it gone!

We'll explain what's causing unpleasant smell and ways to improve your water.

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What is Reverse Osmosis and How Does it Work?

Whether your water comes from a municipal water supply or your own private well, it contains impurities — contaminants that make your water less-than-desirable and, in some cases, less-than-tasty. Depending on where you live, your tap water might contain lead, chlorine, chloramine, nitrates, detergents, sulfates, pesticides, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, sediment, and even arsenic.

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What Happens After The Water Test

As you may already know; water testing is essential to the health and comfort of your home. But many are unsure exactly what happens after the water test. At Haferman Water Conditioning we provide water testing for Excelsior and the surrounding areas and are here to walk you through the whole process; from beginning to end. And, once you decide that water testing is right for you, give us a call at Haferman and one of our water testing experts will be out to your home right away.

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Comparing Drinking Water Systems and Water Softeners

Both of these popular systems have many great benefits for the home but offer very different results. Because they both affect the home’s water, it is understandable that one could confuse them. Many people might assume that these two types of systems are the same, but this is not the case. Here are a few of the key differences between drinking water systems and water softeners.

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Haferman Water Conditioning Recognized for Business Excellence

We are pleased to announce that the Water Quality Association recently awarded Haferman Water Conditioning with the distinction of Business Excellence. WQA’s Business Excellence program calls attention to top companies within the water treatment industry who are committed to the values and high standards of the association.

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