Is a Pre-filter Needed With a Water Softener?

Is a pre-filter needed with a water softener?

Perhaps you own a water softener, but are wondering if a pre-filter should be installed before your softener? Or perhaps you’re considering installing a water softener but want to get it right from the get go?

Depending on the quality of water coming into your home—a pre-filter may indeed be what you need!

Have You had Your Water Tested?

My first suggestion would be to get your water tested. Water can be tricky and the best wayDeluxe Field Test Kit 2404 to figure out what you need to do is to have a water analysis conducted on your water by a local water treatment professional.

Sometimes people shy away from a “water test” because they worry that a salesman is going to put undue pressure on them to purchase. The truth is, if a company offers a “free water test” then it should be exactly that—a free water test with no strings attached. If a water professional puts pressure on and makes you feel uncomfortable, then kindly say “good bye”. Hopefully you’ll find a water treatment professional whom you trust and feel comfortable doing business with, because a WATER TEST is your absolute best way to know what’s in your water—and subsequently, get the best assessment on what  equipment is needed to give you the clean, good water you seek!

Why Prefilters are a Great Companion to Water Softeners

A prefilter is often highly recommended with the installation a whole-house water softener system. This isn’t because a water softener can’t do a good job, but simply because there may be contaminants in your water that a water softener isn’t made to remove.

Potential Reasons For a Prefilter

Perfect Combination for Outstanding Water in the HomeDIRT, SEDIMENT AND SAND IN WATER

If the water entering your home looks milky, hazy or cloudy, you may have dirt, sand, sediment, clay, silt, industrial waste, or other organic substances in your water. A whole-house prefilter can play an important role in preventing dirt, sand and other large particles from entering your home’s water supply and potentially damaging the fine moving parts and the water softening media inside your water softener.  A prefilter will also protect the appliances and fixtures in your home.


If you’ve seen red staining in your sink or tub, this may be an indication of high iron content in your water. Colors or staining in water can also come from galvanized iron, steel, or cast iron pipes in a home. Manganese often accompanies iron and results in dark brown or black staining. Since softeners are not designed to address undissolved iron and manganese, a whole-house particle filter is good solution for reducing and/or eliminating insoluble iron and manganese. Again, this particle filter can also serve as a barrier protecting your water softener/conditioner from clogging and thus extending the life of your unit.

These are just a couple of reasons why a prefilter may be recommended. After your water test is complete, discuss all possible options with your water treatment professional.

WaterTech’s BlueMAX is a top-quality prefilter that depending on filter applied, can:watertech_product-shot_208x178_bluemax

› Reduce chlorine

› Reduce organic and inorganic substances

› Reduce total dissolved solids (TDS)

› Ultra-fine filtration by reducing extremely fine particles

› Reduce suspended particles

› Remove sand and dirt

› Reduce insoluble iron and manganese

› Protect water-using appliances from damage

› Protect the Reionator or other water conditioner from fouling

Free In-Home Water Test


Why Does My Water Softener Smell Bad?

water softener smells badWhat about that fishy smell? What’s the reason–and what can be done?

Here at WaterTech, we’ve been manufacturing water softeners and conditioners for more than 27 years. We have thousands upon thousands of customers who are big fans (and repeat customers) of WaterTech’s Reionator water conditioning system.

Despite all of the wonderful compliments and loyalty (thank you for your many nice letters by the way), we occasionally receive a complaint.

Some years ago, one complaint posted to an online forum claimed that our Reionator created water with a “fishy smell”. We’ve decided to tackle this question head on—and put this claim to rest. Read more

What are the ongoing expenses of a water softener?

What are the ongoing costs of a water softener?

So you’ve recently purchased a water softener (or are considering a purchase) and are wondering about the ongoing expenses associated with water softening? After the initial water softener system purchase, there will be two main expenses to properly maintain your system:
  1. Salt (consumable)
  2. Servicing of the Unit

Salt: How Much Salt Will You Need to Purchase?

First of all, ion exchange softeners require salt (sodium chloride or potassium chloride) pellets in order to soften the hard water coming into your home. This salt is held in a “brine tank” which sits next to (and is connected to) your water softener.

How much salt you’ll need to purchase and add each month will depend on the level of “hardness” in your water and the quantity of water your household consumes.  Industry standard is that the average family of four with typical water hardness (roughly 7-10 grains per gallon hardness level) will use about 9 to 10 pounds of salt each week or one 40-lb bag of salt each month. Read more

What Type of Soap Should I Use with a Water Softener?


When high-efficiency (HE) laundry washers were introduced a few years back, many consumers suddenly began paying more attention to the laundry soap they were buying. High efficiency machine manufacturers warned that using “regular” laundry soap rather than an “HE detergent” could void the machine’s warranty.

So what about a water softener system? Does it matter what type of soap is used after a water softener or conditioner is installed? Read more

The Pros and Cons of Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis Advantages and Disadvantages

Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology was developed in the late 1950’s through U.S. Government funding as a possible method of desalinating seawater. Today, RO drinking water systems are used in millions of homes and even by NASA to ensure the astronauts have clean, safe drinking water while in space.

So why do millions of consumers choose reverse osmosis drinking water systems for their homes? Let’s explore the advantages–and even the disadvantages of point of use RO systems.

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