Do you have hard water? Are you tired of dealing with its many effects, such as dry hair and skin, filmy soap scum, and damage to your appliances and plumbing system?
Rather than continue to live with hard water, there’s a simple solution to this problem: the installation of a water softener. Once you have this system in place, all the water you access in your home – regardless of the room – will no longer contain an excessive amount of minerals.
How Does a Water Softener Work?
Water softeners work through an ion exchange process, which is designed to eliminate magnesium and calcium from your water.
Upon entering the mineral tank, the hard water flows through a collection of resin beads. These beads are charged with sodium ion with a negative charge. Since magnesium and calcium have a positive charge, they’re attracted to one another.
The beads grab onto the mineral ions, thus removing them from your water. And in the end, this allows you to access a steady flow of soft water in your home.
The Components of a Water Softening System
While different water softeners have different components, every system contains the following:
- Control valve: this is designed to measure the amount of water that passes through the mineral tank and into your home
- Mineral tank: this is the area in which the hard water is actually softened. As noted above, it’s full of resin beads that remove magnesium and calcium.
- Brine tank: this tank holds a highly concentrated solution of salt or potassium, which allows it to recharge the resin beads.
If you suspect hard water in your home, test it as soon as possible. If your suspicions were correct, learn more about installing a water softener.
With this system in place, you never again have to worry about hard water affecting you, your health and your home.