To turn the bypass off, simply turn the valve levers into the open position, which is usually vertical. When the bypass is on, this prevents the water softener from using water. This prevents water from being wasted during certain times, such as watering the lawn.Continue Reading
With the bypass on, the water softener cannot perform its function. When the bypass is off, the hard water flows through the salt in the water softener, which removes the calcium and magnesium ions that make the water hard. Hard water contains more minerals than regular, or soft, water. This makes it difficult for soap to dissolve which makes it harder to get things clean, such as hair, clothing and dishes. To ensure the water softener is doing its job, the bypass should be turned on.
The best water softener to buy will be one that softens and filters the water. Culligan, Pelican, Kinetico, and GE are the top four brands of water softeners around.Full Answer >
Salt-based and salt-less water softeners both work. They remove the water "hardness," which is caused by minerals present in the water, in different ways and produce different results. The best system to use for the homeowner is subjective, and it depends on the preferences of the homeowner.Full Answer >
The best salt brands to use for a water softener will depend on the mineral levels in the hard water and a person's water softening needs, states Morton Salt. Examples of water softener brands include Morton and Ecowater. Types of salt used as softeners include rock salt, solar crystal salt and evaporated salt.Full Answer >
Pelican Water Systems, Quality Water Treatment, US Water Systems and Fleck Systems are reputable companies selling water softener parts and replacements. Each of the companies has been in business for years, as of 2015.Full Answer >