Does a water softener filter your water? The simple answer is no. Our plumbers get this question very often and most people think a water softener is a filter and also filters contaminants from their water supply, but this is not the case, water softeners have a separate brine tank that uses  salt to create this brine solution. In normal operation, hard water moves into the resin tank and the calcium and magnesium ions move to the beads, replacing sodium ions. Which basically means the calcium and magnesium which cause hard water are replaced with salt ions so there is no filtering of the water. The best water treatment system is to have your Apopka plumber install a filtration system first and then install the water softener after. By installing it this way it will prolong the life of your water softener and will also filter your home from harmful contaminants. So if you are looking to filter your water, then a water softener will not do it because its only purpose is to remove hard water deposits. We recommend having your plumber install the units in the garage or in a covered area. Most components are weatherproof but the units will last a lot longer if they are not in the elements. Central Florida has some of the harshest water in the nation and if you are considering installing a softener we suggest to install a filter system as well. If you need plumbing service in Apopka give Drain Genie Plumbing Services a call at 407-393-0717.  
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