Conditioning Filters

Hard Water stains

Signs of Hard Water

In most cases, hard water is not difficult to detect in your water system. If you think you have have hard water, look for the following signs around your home or business:

  • White deposits in or around you tub or sink
  • Streaks on glass
  • Freshly laundered clothing feels rough to the touch
  • Corroding around faucets and fixtures

What is Hard Water?

Conditioning FilterDoes it take a fistful of shampoo to lather your hair? Do you squeeze and squeeze the dish soap to get enough suds to do the dishes? Do you see telltale brown stains on your sinks and toilet bowls? That’s hard water.

At its most basic description, hard water is the propensity for solutions – again, in the shower, in the sink and in the washing machine are the places you’re most likely to notice – to form a scum instead of producing the reassuring bubbles we expect, and which greatly increase the cleaning capacity of soaps and detergents.

Hard water is formed by dissolved minerals in the water, most commonly calcium and magnesium, neither of which pose a risk to human health.

But while hard water is not a health risk, it is a nuisance and most definitely has an economic and aesthetic impact in terms of stained clothes, fixtures, sinks and appliances.

Hard water is known to clog plumbing pipes, to gunk up water-using appliances like humidifiers, washing machines and coffee makers, and to form annoying and potentially-clogging buildup on fixtures and faucets.

Water is a natural solvent solution, and hard water is formed as water moves through soil and rock formations, picking up trace elements of minerals in its path.

Besides its clogging and anti-cleaning capacities, hard water is often detected in taste, which can manifest itself in many variations but generally has a mineral taste unlike pure or filtered water without mineral additives.

Benefits of Our Conditioning Filter

  • Our filter eliminates minerals in your water
  • Hair, skin and stomach problems will disappear
  • Automatic operation
  • Self-cleaning system
  • Customized cleaning cycles
  • Durable and low maintenance

How Does a Conditioning Filter Work?

A Conditioning Filter is made with a special inner filtration system that reduces the hardness of the water fed into the top of the unit. Clean water is passed from the filter and into your home or business water system.

Once every four days or so, the system removes all of the accumulated impurities that collects inside the filter. This self-cleaning cycle is called “backwashing.” During the cycle, the media bed is cleaned, which flushes any sediment or other contaminants out of the filter. Once that cycle is over, the filter returns to regular operations.

The service for a conditioner is every 3-4 months you will add sodium or potassium chloride to the brine tank. Metro Water Filter will gladly perform this routine maintenance or we’ll even show you how to maintain your own filtration system. If you decide to perform your own maintenance, we’ll make sure you have all of the proper documentation.