What To Know About Water Softeners

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A water softener can be a great way to fix problems in your home that hard water creates. This includes mineral build up, clogged water fixtures, and appliances failing prematurely. However, many homeowners that use a water softening system don't understand how it works. Here is what you should know about your home's water softener.

The Problem With Hard Water

The purpose of having a water softener is to deal with the issue of having hard water, which is when there is too much calcium or magnesium in the water. While those minerals are not toxic, they cause their own problems within your home.

The most common issues with hard water is scale build up caused by sediment. They can cause your faucets and various plumbing fixtures to turn white on the outside, and cause sediment to collect in a hot water tank.

Sediment essentially shortens the lifespan of appliances. For instance, sediment can cause a hot water tank to work harder than necessary, which puts most stress on the heating element and make it fail prematurely.

The Solution To The Problem

Placing a water softening system on the water as it enters your home will help these problems go away for good. It will eliminate the scale on all cold water before it makes its way through your plumbing. The water going to your hot water tank will be softer, as well as water used for major appliances like your washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator ice machine.

The water softening system does it's job by exchanging ions. As it pulls out the calcium and magnesium, it replaces it with sodium, which is relatively harmless for your home's water. This can be done by using special beads that the water flows over, or by using a special resin. It works because magnesium and calcium are positively charged elements, and will stick to those beads as the water flows over them.

The Maintenance For Soft Water

A water softening system is not something you set up and forget about, since it does require maintenance. You'll need to occasionally remove the beads in the water softener mineral tank and clean them off of the minerals that cause hard water. It will involve putting the beats into a tank with a solution of sodium salt, which will clean the minerals off the beads.

For more information about water softening systems for a home, speak to a company like Water-Pro.

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