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With over 15% -- about 43 million people -- of the United States population receiving their drinking water from private wells, many people have experienced a range of problems with their water supply. Turning on the household tap to discover foul-smelling, cloudy, or stained water can be a source of concern and points to problems with the well and water supply. It is reassuring to learn, then, that many common well water problems can be solved. In this guide, we will explore common well water problems and the solutions used to correct them.

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How Does an RV Water Softener Work?

A portable RV water softener is simply a smaller version of a residential water softener system. The softener tank is filled with beads made of a special type of resin. Water enters the top of the softener tank and moves through the resin beads. The beads hold a negative electrical charge, which attracts the positive charge of the dissolved minerals in the source water. This process is known as ion exchange. 

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After using the Pro+Aqua RV Portable Water Softener, you’ll need to regenerate the resin bed inside the tank. To do this you’ll need the Regen Kit and some salt, but what kind of salt should you use? There are a variety of salts available in most grocery stores, these include table salt, Himalayan pink salt, kosher salt, and sea salt, just to name a few. Not only do they differ in taste and texture, but also in mineral and sodium content. Don’t forget that the price of salt can range from a few cents per pound all the way up to $10 per pound. The Pro+Aqua staff decided to test out 3 different types of salt to regenerate the Travel Series Portable Water Softener and see which is the best type of salt to use on an RV Water Softener.

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Depending on who you talk to, many RV enthusiasts recommend washing your rig 10-12 times a year. Some find it more convenient to just hire someone to do the dirty work, while others may actually enjoy it and get a sense of accomplishment once they’re done.

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In previous articles, we’ve talked about how soft water is superior to tap water in many ways, especially with cleaning. The main reason why is because it is devoid of any calcium and magnesium. Those minerals cause scale build-up, soap scum, and prevent soaps and detergents from creating a lather. Additionally, when there is an abundance of minerals within the water, there isn’t much room for soap molecules to travel to their destination to clean. This means people are likely to keep adding more soap just to make sure something is relatively clean. The leftover soap ends up becoming scum, and that’s what you’ll see around the tub or on the walls of a shower.

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