Hard water


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Old 09-14-01, 04:30 AM
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Heres an odd one for you.

with out going through the expense of putting in a water softener, is there any way to soften the water going into the cloths washer?

Heres my idea (going out on a limb here) Since most softeners use salt to soften hard water I was thinking of putting a salt ball in a grain bag (bag for boiling hops and grains in) and tossing it in the wash. Will this do any good?

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Old 09-14-01, 06:20 AM
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Cool

Brian,
The answer to both questions is "no" and "no".
All that that salt bag would do is make your clothes salty.
A water softener works a little bit differently than that.
A softener filters calcium and magnesium ions (that make the water "hard") from the water.
The softener then exchanges those ions for sodium (salt) ions from the brine tank.
The only way to soften your water is with a softener system designed for the purpose.
A good whole-house softener system will run about $1,000 installed.
Good Luck! Mike
 
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Old 09-15-01, 07:37 AM
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I kinda figured that. Knew there was more to softening then I was thinking. Just adding salt to the water is too easy. As we all know, nothing worth doing is ever easy.

Thanks OG

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