How Do Home Water Softeners Work?
Home water softener systems are pressurized water conditioning devices. These systems force hard water through a bed of cation exchange media for the purpose of exchanging the objectionable calcium and magnesium ions for sodium or potassium ions. This process results in softened water, which is more desirable for home use.
Home water softening systems offer many benefits for your household. Here are a few common advantages:
Household Cleaning Products: Hard water impairs the cleansing strength of detergents. Conditioned water delivers greater cleaning power by reducing the amount of soap needed by up to 70%.
Laundry and Garment Care: Your clothes will be softer, cleaner, whiter and colors will be much brighter. Using conditioned, soft water increases the life of clothing, towels, and linens up to 33%. Softened water will also lengthen the life of your washing machine.
Dishwashing and Glassware: Dishes and glassware will be easier to clean. They will also be spot-free, without the gray film glasses can get when etched by mineral laden water. Additionally, hands will feel softer and look better, as conditioned soft water is much easier on the skin. Softened water will also extend the life of your dishwasher.
Bathing and Showering: In the bathroom, your soap and shampoo will lather better and with less effort. Your hair and skin will feel noticeably cleaner, softer, and not as dry. Sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets will have less soap scum and grime.
Scale Prevention on Plumbing and Piping: Over a period of time, scale can form clogging plumbing. As the pipes clog, water flow is restricted and water pressure can be reduced dramatically. Water softening reduces these problems significantly.
Stain Eliminator: There will be no more unsightly rings, stains, or mineral build-up to darken bathtubs, showers and sinks. Softening water will preserve the beauty of faucet fixtures.
Almost all of the water found in the United States is hard water, to varying degrees. Hard water is water that is contaminated with dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, lead, and limestone. These minerals can have a negative impact on your health, household appliances, and your pocketbook. Click here for more information on hard water minerals.
When considering a water softener for your home, it is important to know the hardness levels and composition of your water. Using our Hard Water Test Strips, you can quickly evaluate your water to ensure proper sizing when selecting a water softener.
Make sure to consider these factors before purchasing a water softening system.Bypass Valve, Stainless Steel or Plastic: A bypass valve will allow water to enter the house even if the water softener is turned off or needs maintenance. A stainless steel bypass utilizes a rubber boot which may restrict the flow. Stainless steel bypass valves can also create more maintenance issues. A noryl plastic bypass valve does not have a rubber boot and will have fewer maintenance issues, making it preferable for water softening systems.
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|Water Softener Problem||Possible Repair and Solution|
|Control valve fails to regenerate||Check for power outage and verify unit is plugged in. lf this does not work contact your local water service technician (preferably the one who installed the system) |
|Water does not feel or appear soft||Check salt level in brine tank. If problem still exists contact your local water service technician.|
|Water softening system uses too much salt||Contact your local water service technician.|
|Loss of water pressure|
|Iron in conditioned water|
|Excessive water in brine tank|
|Other problems with water softener|
|Power outage||Using your owner's manual, reset the time of day on the water softener's meter.|