Why do I need a water softener?
In addition to leaving highly unpleasant residue on your plumbing fixtures and dishes, hard water presents a number of hidden problems and added costs to the affected homeowner.
- Calcium and magnesium deposits clog pipes, restricting water flow and reducing the efficiency of water heating systems.
- Lime scale deposits can significantly decrease the lifespan of household pipes and appliances by up to 30%*, leading to increased replacement costs of appliances and more frequent plumbing repairs.
- Dissolved minerals interfere with everyday cleaning tasks such as laundry, dish washing, bathing and personal grooming; clothes may look dingy and feel rough, dishes may be spotted and hair may feel unmanageable and lack a shine.
- Since extra soap, shampoo and detergents are required in hard water, softening your water could significantly reduce the amount of phosphates leaving your home.
How do water softeners work?
Ion exchange water softeners consist of a pressure tank filled with sulfonated polystyrene beads, and a brine tank, filled with salt. These units are connected in order to allow the removal of hardness ions from water to be replaced with softer ions, or sodium.
The brine unit’s beads attract and hold the calcium and magnesium ions as water passes through. Once the beads are saturated with minerals ions, the system automatically regenerates, and replaces the hard mineral ions with those of the sodium ions from the brine tank. Salt is periodically added to the brine tank to provide additional sodium ions. For people concerned about sodium intake, non-sodium agents are available.
If you would like Homestead to install a water softener system in your home, or have any other questions, contact us today.
* Source: Water Quality Association (WQA) www.wqa.org
Content provided by Blake Water Solutions.