Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of families solve their home water issues. During this time, we’ve noticed that not everyone differentiates between a water softener and a reverse osmosis system. While both safely and effectively remove harsh pollutants from your water, one benefits the outside while the other benefits the inside. Today, we’re going to help you learn which system benefits what so you know what to look for when it comes to water treatment.

Hard water: If you live in Central Texas, you probably have experience dealing with it. But what exactly is hard water and why is it harmful? Hard water is the result of having an abundance of calcium and magnesium particles in the water supply. These are harmless to your health but can have a disastrous effect on your plumbing and appliances. While an RO system removes harmful pollutants, one of the main differences between a water softener and a reverse osmosis system is that a water softener uses an ion exchange to replace minerals in your water, leaving it soft and free of the contaminants that wreak havoc on your skin as well as on your plumbing, appliances, and fixtures.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems take it one step further by eliminating any remaining impurities as well as excess sodium left in the water from water softening, leaving your water safe for cooking and consumption.  

So, when it comes to a water softener and a reverse osmosis system, which one do you need? Well, that really depends on what your needs are and what a water test reveals. For those who do not have a problem with hard water but are looking to save money by going bottle free, then a reverse osmosis system is for you. If drinking water isn’t an issue but you’re noticing that you’re scrubbing mildew and soap scum off of your shower and sink fixtures more than normal, a water softener might be in your future.

If it’s determined that your water is unsafe all around, both systems are a great investment! Not only are you protecting your home appliances and pipes, but you’re reducing (if not, eliminating) the need for bottled water or any other type of drinking water products as you’ll have pure, safe, and fresh drinking water right from your tap!

Hill Country Water Systems is dedicated to serving the people of Central Texas with clean, filtered, and soft water. We can install a hard water remover in New Braunfels, TX in your home to make sure your appliances and pipes stay protected from calcium build-ups. We have over 20 years of experience working with water systems and can give you the best products, services, and water quality for a great price. Give us a call today to schedule a free water analysis!