If you have hard water in your home and are looking for a solution to permanently fix your bad water, then you will want to pay attention. For homeowners that have well water or poor municipal water, it is not uncommon to have minerals in your water, which can lead to hard water. The best solution to taking care of hard water problems is to install a water softener in your home. The way a water softener works, is by having water pass over a bead of small tiny beads, which the hard minerals attach to. In order to find the best water softener for your home, you want to start by finding out the quality of your homes water supply.
To detect how hard the water in your home is, you will want to pick up a water testing kit from your hardware store. With the kit, you will get several tiny strips of paper, that change color based on the hardness of your tap water. Once you know how hard your water is, then you can go to your nearest hardware store and look at the various types and sizes of water softeners. You want to find a water softener that can not only treat your water, but also keep up with the water demands that you have. For example, if you have a large family, your water consumption is going to be greater than a household with only one or two people living in it. So, depending on the hardness of your water and the number of people living in your house, is going to dictate the size of water softener that you will require. Many homeowners will find that they can install a brand new water softener themselves, however if you don't feel comfortable doing the installation, you can either have a plumber come out and do the installation or ask the hardware store if they offer installation services.