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Water Softeners

Good quality water is essential to your health and home. We use it for cooking, cleaning, bathing, washing, and most importantly, drinking. This same water also runs through a household’s entire plumbing system and touches every water-using appliance.

Whether your water comes from a private well or a municipal supply, water softener treatment systems can make it better. Reindl Plumbing installs innovative equipment so you are assured of getting the right solution to your particular water needs. Let Reindl Plumbing improve your water. Let Reindl Plumbing improve the quality of your life.


Well water can become contaminated without any change in the water’s taste, smell or appearance.

The following are common contaminants found in residential wells throughout the United States:

  • ARSENIC. This toxic element is found naturally in soil and bedrock, but occurs in particularly high levels in Northeast Wisconsin. Ingestion can lead to serious health problems.
  • CHLORIDES. Small amounts of salt are natural. Higher levels are unnatural and may indicate a faulty water softener, road salt, septic waste or fertilizer contamination.
  • COLIFORM BACTERIA. A natural part of the microbiology of soils, insects, and warm blooded animals, coliform bacteria is the primary indicator for the presence of disease-causing organisms in water.
  • FLUORIDE. Found naturally in water. While low levels of fluoride are desirable, excessive amounts may stain teeth.
  • HARDNESS. Interferes with cleaning tasks from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses may be spotted when dry. Hard water may cause a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, faucets, etc. Hair washed in hard water may feel sticky and look dull. These deposits also collect in household plumbing lines, water heaters and appliances, causing them to run less efficiently.
  • HYDROGEN SULFIDE. A gas dissolved in water. It is easily detected by its rotten egg odor.
  • IRON. Not considered hazardous to health, but when the level of iron in water exceeds the DNR 0.3 mg/l limit, we experience red, brown, or yellow staining of laundry, glassware, dishes and household. The water may also have a metallic taste and an offensive odor. Water system piping and fixtures can also become restricted or clogged.
  • LEAD. Houses built before 1985 may contain lead pipes or lead-based solder. Lead can cause serious health problems in young children.
  • MANGANESE. A metal found in rock, and does not occur naturally in pure form. Manganese will cause black staining and many times is accompanied by iron and hydrogen sulfide. Evidence of manganese staining is most prominently found in the dishwasher.
  • NITRATES. Elevated levels can be an indication of contamination by farm chemicals, lawn fertilizers, or septic saturation. Nitrates can pose a serious health risk to infants.
  • SULFATES. High levels of sulfates can cause odors, leave spots, taste bitter and have a temporary laxative effect.

Water Softener FAQs

Hard water leaves spots on glassware and can be harsh on clothing, diminishing vibrant colors. Hard water also produces scale build-up in your plumbing and water-using appliances, forcing them to work harder. This forces them to use more energy and shortens their life span considerably, costing you money now and in the future.

What does the grain capacity of a water softener mean?

The rated capacity of a softener is the maximum number of grains of water hardness the unit can remove prior to regeneration.

How is the "hardness" of water measured?

The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon (gpg). One grain of hardness is equal to 1/7,000 pound of rock. Your municipal water supply may measure water hardness in milligrams (mg) / liters (L) or parts per million (ppm). One gpg is equal to 17.1 mg / L or 17.1 ppm.

How do I find my water hardness?

You can call your municipality if you use city water or call Reindl Plumbing to test your water.

Does the salt soften my water?

No, the resin bed inside the softener is what softens the water. Over time, that resin becomes coated with hardness particles. When that happens, the softener goes into its regeneration cycle, and the salt in the tank is mixed with incoming water to rid the resin bed of these hardness particles. After regeneration, the unit is then ready to provide a steady stream of soft water to your home.

What type of salt should I use?

A clean pellet or nugget-style salt or 50# blocks are recommended. Other types of salt are available for specialized applications.

Does the recharge water from the softener harm my septic system?

No, water softener recharge water won't affect septic system operation or drain field soil percolation.

How much water does each recharge use?

About as much water as it takes to wash a load of laundry.

How much electricity does a water softener use?

As much as a digital alarm clock.