For Water with a Total Hardness of 1-5 gpg (20-80ppm)
- A salt-based water softener is the ideal solution to reduce your water’s hardness.
– Salt-based water softeners do not filter the water–rather, they use salt to change the minerals so they do not harden and stick to the boiler
- Steamericas sells the Omega Softener which can be installed on your steamer for use when filling the tank
- Even when using a water softener, be sure to drain your boiler daily to remove the dissolved minerals
- Be sure to regularly check the performance of the softener and recharge it when the softening element is consumed
For Water with a Total Hardness over 5 gpg (>80ppm)
- Consider a filtration system that completely reduces your water’s TDS measurement
- TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids, measured in ppm or parts per mille. This represents how much non-water “stuff” is in water.
- Regardless of the hardness, water with a high TDS reading is still going to leave your boiler polluted, which is why a softener alone is not recommended for water with a high TDS reading
- For water with very high TDS readings (above 300), you may want to source filtered water or consult with a water purification specialist
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