How do I know I need a water softener?
When you notice bad water signs around your home or business, it is time to call Sanatoga Water Conditioning for a FREE water test on your tap water. If the results show that your water has hardness minerals, you will need to install a water softener.
How expensive is a water softener?
Installing a water softener is about the cost of an appliance and definitely not as expensive as an air conditioner. You will definitely see savings in your everyday expenses on cleaning supplies, replacing worn out clothes, energy bills on hot water and even the health benefits make the investment into a water softener worth it.
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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. The process is called ion exchange.
Ion Exchange: Ions are atoms or groups of atoms that can gain or lose electrons in water and, thereby, exist in water with an electrical charge. Hardness exists as calcium (Ca++) and magnesium (Mg++) ions in 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.