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What Does a Water Softener Do?

Posted by Alyssa on August 26, 2017

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Having soft water in your home is more important than you think. If you’re having a problem with hard water in your home, a water softener is your solution! RC Willey is here to help you understand what a water softener does and how it will help in your home. 

What Does a Water Softener Do?

To understand what a water softener does, you need to know what hard water is. Hard water is water that has more minerals in it than ordinary or treated water. Most of the time these minerals are calcium and magnesium. While having hard water is not a health problem, it can cause problems in your home. Soap won’t dissolve as well in hard water as in soft water. You’ll end up using more soap and will be left with soap residue in your clothes and hair. Hard water can also cause lime build up in your pipes, which is hard on appliances that use water like your washing machine or dishwasher. With a water softener, you’ll be able to avoid all those problems. But how does a water softener actually work?

Water softeners have a mineral tank filled with resin beads designed to catch the hard particles through an ion exchange process. This means that the resin beads have a negative electrical charge while the minerals and particles that create hard water have a positive charge. As the water passes through the water softener, the hard particles will get caught by the resin beads, removing them from the water you will eventually use. Salt water flushes out the tank and helps clean off the resin beads so they can continue softening your water. Using a water softener will not add too much sodium to your water - chances are you won’t even notice it’s there!

hard water vs. soft water

via Van Isle Water

You will definitely be able to tell a difference between soft and hard water. WIth a water softener, you won’t have spots on your dishes when you pull them out of the dishwasher. You’ll have softer skin after you get out of the shower and your clothes will feel fresher and cleaner. Best of all you’ll end up saving money because your dishwasher, washing machine, and pipes will have a longer lifespan!

There’s really no downside to putting in a water softener. If you’re interested in putting in a new water softener or replacing your old one, come to RC Willey. We have everything you need!

 

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