Water conditioners are an important part of the water system in any home. However, in homes that rely on wells, conditioners are absolutely essential. People who use municipal water lines receive their water with conditioning done already. Any conditioners that they have only adjust the water to their exact taste. Homeowners who get their water from wells need to have a conditioning system in order to make their water potable. This week we are giving everyone an introduction to water conditioners. Read on to learn what exactly they are and all about the different types of conditioners.

So What Are Water Conditioners?

Water conditioners are devices that change the water coming into the home is some way. The most common example of a water conditioner is water softeners. Conditioners take care of the water for homeowners so that it is safe to drink, cook with, and bathe in. The most essential conditioners make water potable. However, additional conditioners simply improve quality and taste to a specific owner’s standards.

Clearly, this definition is very broad. However, this is because the application for conditioners is very broad. Actually, many well owners need a full conditioning system with multiple treatments for their water. It is important to find a contractor that understands how to provide comprehensive water conditioning services.

Types Of Conditioners

There are many different conditioners that treat many different specific types of issues with water. The following list is general and by no means comprehensive. However, does touch on the main broad categories.

Ion Exchange

Ion exchange conditioners change out hard minerals, such as calcium, for soft minerals. The most common soft mineral replacement is sodium. Ion exchange conditioners are the most common type of conditioners. For example, water softeners are ion exchange conditioners.


Absorption conditioners take hard minerals and particles from the water via absorption. The conditioner does that through a series of filters. For instance, they use activated charcoal filters.


Separating conditioners are very important for well owners. They remove the sediments and solids from the well water. Wells do have a filter in them to remove any incoming sediment. However, there are ways that certain particles get around that. The sediments might be too small for the filter or somehow entering the water flow between the filter and the home.


Physical conditioners use a physical reaction to remove unwanted components. Examples of physical reactions include crystallization, electro-magnets, magnets, and deionization.


Chemical conditions use (surprise!) chemicals to clean the water. For example, chlorine is the most commonplace treatment.


Disinfecting treatments remove parasites and other biological infections from the incoming water. For instance, bacteria such as e. coli. Usually, those dangerous components are actually an issue with the aquifer. Typically, conditioners use ultraviolet light to kill bio-hazards.


Processing treatments are typically there to adjust well water to a homeowner’s specifications. For example, processes like aeration or distillation simply impact taste and scent.