A water softener softens your water by removing the minerals calcium and magnesium and replacing them with the softer minerals sodium and potassium. Homeowners may want to consider having a water softener installed if the existing ‘hard’ water is causing problems.
While hard water is not a risk to your health, it can affect other aspects of your daily life. Hard water can cause the dishes you just washed to be covered with a cloudy residue and spots, and the water in the shower leaves a film on everything; soaps and detergents do not dissolve completely in hard water, and they become less effective, laundry becomes discolored and your hair loses its shine looking dull and unattractive.
Another problem with hard water is that it can shorten the life of some of your household appliances, necessitating costly repair bills or even replacement because calcium and magnesium deposits cause a scaly build up of mineral deposits in your plumbing pipes, and reduces the flow of water to the faucets and appliances.
A water softener will change all that by getting rid of the calcium and magnesium, making your hair healthier looking and softer; even your skin will feel softer and more moist because the hard water is no longer drying it out. However, some sodium will remain in the softened water and may be a problem if you are on a sodium-restricted diet. But it’s a quick fix by installing a separate water dispenser that will bypass the water from the water softener at the tap.
A water softener is a device that changes hard water to soft water in a process called ion exchange. The water softener contains a mineral tank, sometimes called a brine tank, that is filled with small polystyrene beads known as resin or zeolite. These beads carry a negative charge. Calcium and magnesium carry a positive charge, and when hard water moves into the tank the calcium and magnesium ions move to the beads, replacing sodium ions. Sodium ions have a positive charge, too, but are not as strong, so when the strong brine solution is flushed through the tank with beads that are already saturated with calcium and magnesium, the sodium ions drive the calcium and magnesium ions off the beads, and will regenerate and flush the system of excess ions until it has recharged them with new sodium ions.
Most water softeners have an automatic regenerating system that uses an electric timer that flushes and recharges the system on a set schedule. When enough water has passed through the mineral tank to have depleted the beads of sodium, the computer triggers regeneration. Some water softeners have a reserve resin capacity, making some soft water available during the period when it is recharging. Other types use a water meter that measures water usage and facilitates recharging. The advantages of the types of regeneration methods varies with each method.
Simply put, if you have hard water, you should probably install a water softener. At the very least, a water softener will improve the taste of your drinking water. At American Home Services we install water softener systems for residents of Kansas City, Leavenworth, Belton, Overland Park and other communities in Kansas and Missouri. We offer sales and service of RainSoft systems, and have the best prices and warranties in the industry.
Contact us today at American Home Services, LLC., (913) 380-4545.