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What is a Prefilter & Do I Need One?

Tired of stiff linens, stubborn rust rings, and water-stained stemware? Like many tech-savvy homeowners out there, you’ve probably done your homework and realized that hard water is to blame. Your research may also have pointed you in the direction of installing a water softener to fix the issue, but the question remains — “Do I need to have a prefilter installed as well?”

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What is a prefilter, anyway?

A prefilter is just as it sounds — a filter that your water runs through before it enters your water softening system. Depending on your water issues, a prefilter may be required, or at least recommended by your water treatment professional, in order to best correct your hard water issues.

How do I know if I need a prefilter?

Many times, a prefilter is suggested along with a water softening system, especially if the system will be meant to soften water for the whole house. They’re not meant to assist the water softening process per se, but more to assist with conditioning your water overall. That way, your water arrives at your faucet not only soft, but clean and clear of any residual sediment as well. That being said, here are a few of the most common signs that a prefilter would be beneficial for your home’s softening system:

  • Hazy or Cloudy Water
  • Sediment or Sand Present
  • Dark Red Staining

The best way to know for sure if your water softener could benefit from a prefilter is to request a free water analysis from your local water treatment experts — that’s us!

At Aquarius Water Conditioning, our technicians are ready and willing to provide you with a complimentary water analysis and explain each option you have to help bring the softest, most pure water into your home day in and day out.

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