Water softeners eliminate issues caused by hard water inside your home. Not all water is hard, but you know if you have it. Dissolved minerals found in hard water can clog drains, build scale in pipes, and make your appliances less efficient. It also affects the quality of your laundry and the lather of soaps in your showers. You can solve these problems by adding a water softener system to your home.
How Does A Water Softener System Work?
It’s a strangely complex scientific process, but easy to remedy. It uses salt to remove minerals and odors found in hard water– most commonly calcium and magnesium. Water softener systems use resin beads that attract and attach sodium ions in the softener tank. Pumps push hard water through the resin beads exchanging hardness ions with sodium ions, softening the water.
Why Add Salt?
Your new system might require water softener salts. It works with your water softening system as part of the filtering process. Over time the water softener tank fills up with hardness ions and can no longer soften the water. When you add salt, the salty liquid from the brine tank washes away the hardness ions replacing them with a fresh layer of sodium ions. The water softener system resumes softening the water. Softened water contains trace amounts of salt. It’s a very small amount but for those on a sodium-free diet, you might want to check with your doctor.
What About Water Conditioners?
Water conditioners use an electronic filter to remove minerals and odors found in hard water. It can help make appliances last longer, washing and rinsing easier, and prevent stains. Water conditioners are low maintenance, you don’t need to add chemicals or salt.
Home water softeners come in different styles, some easier to install than others. You can DIY your waters softener system, but some require knowledge of plumbing for the installation process. We’re here to help with water softener installation if you need it.