Benefits of Soft Water
- Appliances such as water heaters, ice makers, dish washers, and clothes washers last longer and are more efficient.
- Saves energy which means saves MONEY!!
- Prevents build up of hardness (calcium and magnesium) in water pipes.
- Dishes, Silverware and Glassware will shine more!
- The amount of soaps, shampoos and detergents used are REDUCED which saves MONEY!!
- Soft water makes cleaning easier which saves time.
- Clothes are softer, brighter and last longer.
- Skin is softer and hair has more volume.
How Does A Water Softener Work?
The functionality of a water softener is simple: the calcium and magnesium ions in the water are replaced with sodium ions. This process is called ion exchange.
Ion Exchange: Ions are atoms or groups of atoms that can gain or lose electrons in water and exist in water with an electrical charge. Hardness exists as calcium (Ca++) and magnesium (Mg++) ions are in the water.
Ion exchange is a reversible chemical process in which sodium (Na++) ions from the insoluble solid medium (the ion exchanger resin) are exchanged for the calcium and magnesium ions in the water. The physical structure of the resin is not affected.
Regeneration: Eventually, the beads contain nothing but calcium and magnesium and no sodium. At this point they stop softening the water and it’s time to regenerate. There are three phases to this:
- Backwash: Water flow is reversed to flush dirt out of the tank.
- Recharge: The salt/brine solution is flushed from the brine tank through the mineral tank. Since the brine is so strong, it replaces all of the calcium and magnesium that has built up on the beads and with sodium.
- Refill: The mineral tank is flushed of the calcium, magnesium, and excess brine, which exit through a drain pipe. The brine tank is refilled.
When you notice bad water signs around your home, it is time to call Aquasource for a water test on your tap water. If the results show that your water has hard minerals, you will need to install a water softener.