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After purchasing a pressure washer system, be sure to test your water for hardness. If the water exceeds seven grains of hardness, you can protect your pressure washer system by using water softeners to prevent deposits and to help you get maximum cleaning power from pressure washer detergents. The water softener reduces lime and mineral build up in your pressure washer components and leaves surfaces with less residue after washing. In soft water, your pressure washer chemicals will work more efficiently, so less will be needed to get the results that you want.
If you buy what's called a "regenerative" water softener system, make sure that you know your local regulations governing disposal of by-products of the softening process. A regenerative water softener works by transforming hard water minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, into sodium or potassium by passing the water over an ion-charged resin. The result is a briney discharge you'll need to dispose of properly. Many areas have strict laws governing waste water, water table pollution and water recovery, so check regulations that could affect where and how you dispose of the brine.