Water Softeners – Simplified

Posted in Plumbing on August 20, 2013 »

Water is utilized to the fullest in our lives through hydration, cleanliness, transportation, and energy; however those dealing with hard water can have a more difficult time enjoying this versatile resource to the fullest!

Two of the most common issues when dealing with hard water is:

1.)    Build up – Dissolved calcium and magnesium precipitate out of hard water as scale, which collects inside of pipes, water heaters, tea kettles, coffee makers and industrial machinery. Scale reduces flow through pipes and is a poor conductor of heat. Eventually, pipes can become completely clogged.

2.)    Hard water reduces soap’s ability to lather, whether in the shower, sink, dishwasher or washing machine, and reacts with soap to form a sticky scum.

Water softeners are designed to filter out calcium and magnesium in water by using plastic beads and cleans itself periodically by a process called regeneration. This can all be accomplished thanks to it’s three components:

  • Mineral Tank: Where the water filtration takes place and the hard water is softened (calcium and magnesium are removed).
  • Brine Tank: Where a highly concentrated solution of salt or potassium is stored.
  • Control Valve: Controller for the flow of water into and out of the mineral and brine tanks during regeneration.

Having soft water is better for the home systems, appliances, clothing and the body!

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