How to Choose the Right-Sized Commercial Water Softener
Are you in the market for a new commercial water softener? In commercial kitchens, the most typical types of water softeners used are automatic, integral, and automatic. Which one is best suited for your kitchen depends on how much you want to be involved with the process. Before you buy a new water softener always consult with a licensed plumber for professional guidance. However, it never hurts to come to the table with a little knowledge. Read over the following information about the three common types of water softeners to learn more now.
Manual Water Softeners
- The manual water softener connects to the water supply via two hoses and a tap.
- This type of water softener requires regular salt regeneration. How often the regeneration process takes place depends on the usage. For example, light usage regeneration once a month is often sufficient. However, if water is harder than normal, the regeneration cycle may need to run 2x or more per month. Regeneration refreshes the resin while getting rid of harmful buildup inside the unit.
- In general, manual water softeners are less expensive in terms of upfront costs. However because salt must be added frequently, the long term costs for supplies should be considered.
Automatic Water Softeners
- Don’t require manual regeneration
- Operate on an automatic regeneration system consisting of multiple regenerations.
- Regeneration happens as long as there’s salt in the system and the power is on.
- Refreshed with salty water once a year. However, this could happen more often if usage is higher than normal.
- More expensive than manual units. However, because they don’t require as much maintenance and salt, they tend to be more affordable over the long run.
Integral Water Softeners
- Use the same technology as manual water softeners but are installed inside the machines. They don’t affect the size of the machine, so more and more manufacturers (especially of commercial dishwashers) choose to integrate the water softener in the machine.
- Make sure to choose the right size for your business to maintain soft water flow throughout the establishment. Installing the wrong size unit leads to frequent service, inefficiency, and costs a lot more to operate over the lifespan of the unit.
Other Things to Consider
There are points you need to think about when choosing a water softener. These points include:
- Flow rate (how fast the water flows through the facility during peak times)
- Water hardness
- Total daily softening requirement (or GPD, measured in grains per day)
- Volume (or the amount of water per day at peak times)
The best way to determine all these factors is to work directly with a plumber who has experience installing commercial water softeners. Because commercial plumbing systems have different requirements than residential plumbing systems, it’s important to speak with a commercial plumbing expert who understands the specific needs that building owners have. Careful planning minimizes the risk of purchasing a water softener that’s too small for the property.
When you need a commercial water softener installed in Buena Park, CA, or another part of our service area, give us a call. Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter provides commercial plumbing repair, replacement, and installation services throughout Southern California. Call us today at (888) 668-8922 to schedule an appointment to learn more about water softener installation.