Monthly Archives: April 2018

Well Water Softening: Do Magnetic Water Treatment Devices Work?

In Utah and Wyoming, installing a well water softening system is often a necessary endeavor. Without one, our region’s hard water can create a host of problems, including limescale build-up, soap scum residue, pipe corrosion and plumbing damage.

Commercial Wells

Various manufacturers have marketed magnetic treatment devices as alternatives to traditional softeners. However, while the concept may seem reasonable and the price may be attractive, these products really don’t deliver the benefits of traditional water softening systems.

How Magnetic Treatment Devices Operate

Magnetic devices operate through the use of powerful magnets attached to the waterlines. The magnets are said to change the molecular makeup of mineral contaminants, which thereby prevents the chemical reactions that cause hard water.

Manufacturers of magnetic devices claim that installing one can give you a lifetime of energy-free softening treatment. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, virtually no supportive scientific evidence exists to support the effectiveness of this technology.

Research on Magnetic Treatment Devices

Laboratory tests by independent third parties show that the claims put forth by magnetic device manufacturers are not valid.

Research conducted back in 1977 concluded that magnets don’t soften water or stop limescale formation. Further studies in 1981 and 1985 confirmed that magnetic treatment provides no measurable softening effect.

Since then, over a hundred studies have been performed on magnetic treatment devices. While some research has been inconclusive, no independent studies support the claims made by the manufacturers of these devices.

Safer Bets for Well Water Softening

Softeners that remove magnesium, calcium and other mineral contaminants are far more effective than magnetic devices.

Traditional water softening systems function as specialized ion exchangers. The ions they contain attract ions from the minerals present, safely removing them from the household supply. Many softeners use salt ions, but systems that use potassium chloride work just as well.

If you have hard water, you should invest in a softening system that you can trust to provide results. A traditional softener may cost a bit more than a magnetic treatment device, but your money won’t be wasted. Good softening systems can last for decades with just occasional maintenance.

To find a softener that works to remove your well’s mineral contaminants, you’ll need to consult with an experienced well service contractor. In Utah and Wyoming, Mike Zimmerman Well Services LLC is the go-to source for well water softening systems.

The licensed Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Services LLC have over 30 years of experience drilling, repairing and treating commercial and residential wells. We can help make your hard water problems disappear with a system that works far better than any magnetic treatment device. For more details, contact our Salt Lake City office and schedule a consultation to discuss well water softening today.

Water Well System Planning: How to Estimate Your Household Needs

When planning a new water well system, your household needs are a critical consideration. After all, what good is a private well if it doesn’t provide an adequate supply of water to meet your family’s needs?

Water Well System Planning: How to Estimate Your Household Needs

If you work with an experienced local well driller – like the Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service – you’ll have expert help in planning a water well system that meets your household demand. Here’s how we will approach estimating your home water use.

Average Household Consumption

Most U.S. residents use about 50 to 100 gallons of water every day. This includes the supply used for drinking and cooking in addition to what’s needed for toilets, showers, bathtubs and household appliances.

So, as a conservative estimate, the average family of four typically requires a water well system that can supply between 200 and 400 gallons per day.

Typical Requirements for Appliances and Fixtures

Now, let’s consider an important question: Does your household fall within the average consumption range? If your family takes a lot of showers or you’re always running the washing machine – or if you expect to expand your family in the coming years – you will likely need a larger water supply.

To calculate the daily consumption in your home, consider the following estimates:

  • Top-loading clothes washers use up to 51 gallons for each load
  • Front-loading clothes washers use roughly 27 gallons for each load
  • Dishwashers use 4.5 to 14 gallons per load, depending upon their efficiency
  • Kitchen sinks use 3 gallons per minute
  • Bathroom sinks use 2 gallons per minute
  • Standard toilets use 5 gallons per flush
  • Low-flush toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush
  • Outside hoses use 5 gallons per minute
  • Water softeners use up to 100 gallons per cycle

Understanding Peak Demand

When planning a water well, the total daily household consumption is important but planning for peak demand is even more crucial.

In many households, most of the water use occurs over a short period of time, often in the morning or evening. To make that possible, private water well systems are designed to supply all of the day’s needs within a two-hour period.

In addition to peak demand, well yield must also be considered. The yield for a private well is the maximum rate in gallons per minute (GPM) that can be pumped. For most single-family homes in Utah and Wyoming, a flow rate of 6 GPM is sufficient. If the well yield doesn’t meet a household’s needs, it may be necessary to add additional water storage.

Water well system planning is easy with the Z-Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC. As licensed contractors, we have the skill, knowledge and experience to design a private well that supplies plenty of water for your household.

After more than 30 years of planning, drilling, repairing and maintaining private well systems throughout Utah and Wyoming, Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC has a well-earned reputation for expert workmanship, stellar customer care and competitive pricing. Contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule a free consultation with the Z-Team professionals to discuss water well system planning.