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Softener Salt Vs. Sidewalk Salt: What's the Difference?

Here in Minnesota, our water is naturally hard and we deal with a lot of iced-over sidewalks in the winter. To solve both problems, we need salt. But, is there a difference between the salt you put in your water softener and the salt you sprinkle on your driveway and walkway to melt the ice? Can you use one product for both purposes?

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Water Softener Troubleshooting: 7 Top Issues and How to Fix Them

Any major appliance in your home can break or stop working at any time, including your water softener. If you're experiencing an issue with your system, here's a water softener troubleshooting guide to help you identify the problem and either fix it yourself or call a pro.

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H2O FAQ: How Do Iron Filters Work?

There are a number of different water treatment processes you can use to remove unwanted chemicals. Here in Minnesota, one of the most common chemicals we want to get rid of is iron. One way to do that is by using an iron filter. Let's look at how iron filters work and how that process impacts the quality of our water.

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Hard Water Problems: Tips for Limescale Removal

Ugh! One of the disadvantages of having hard water is limescale buildup in your sinks, toilets, tubs, faucets and in places you can’t see. It’s more than ugly. Limescale can reduce the efficiency of your appliances, so they don’t perform well and they wear out faster. It can even peel the chrome off faucets and clog your plumbing.

Fortunately, there are some simple limescale removal options to fix this unattractive situation.

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Water Treatment 101: How Does a Water Softener Work?

If you live anywhere in Minnesota, you probably have a water softener in your utility closet. At least, we hope you do. With our naturally hard water, it’s an essential piece of equipment if you hope to avoid the ugly, expensive problems hard water can cause. Most of us know that a water softener contains salt, but why? How does a water softener work to improve the quality of our water?

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Salty Solutions: What Quality of Water Softener Salt is Best for My System?

Pellets, crystals, and block salt, oh my! Rock, solar and evaporated salt, oh dear! There are so many varieties of salt sold for water softeners, it can be difficult to know what makes them different and which one is best for your system. Don't worry, we'll dissolve those issues for you.

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Repair or Replace Your Water Softener: What You Need to Know

You love your modern home appliances because they make your life easier and better in so many ways. But one thing you can count on — eventually there comes a time when you have to decide whether repairs will keep your appliance on the front lines or if replacement is the smarter choice. So, when your water softener doesn't seem to be functioning at peak efficiency, how do you decide?

Let’s take a look at the typical longevity of a water softener. We’ll cover the signs your system may have a problem, what it could be, and when you should look into buying a new one.

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Water Softener Not Softening Water [VIDEO]

If your water softener is running but isn’t softening your water, there are a few problem-solving tactics you can try that may fix the issue before having to call in the experts. In this video, Haferman Water Service Manager, Mike Nielsen walks you through a few areas to check if you are experiencing hard water in your home.

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Water Softener Rental Vs Purchase: Which Makes Sense For Me?

If your water softener goes out, or you're looking to upgrade, you have two options — rent or buy. Many people don’t realize water softener rental is even possible, but in some circumstances, it can be the most cost-effective decision. So, how do you know whether to rent or buy? Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each possibility.

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Hard Facts: 6 Benefits of Kinetico Water Softeners

Water softening systems are a homeowner's best friend. After all, with soft water, you don't have to clean yellow stains from your clothes or scrub limescale buildup off the shower walls. We could go on and on about the benefits of soft water, but we realize that choosing a water softening system can seem difficult. There are so many different brands out there. How do you know which one is best for your home? Water softeners, like Kinetico's, offer distinct advantages that can help you save money in the long run and spend less time on maintenance.

In several key respects, Kinetico water softeners are unlike any other water softening system. Here's how:

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