Water Softeners; Do They Work and Do You Need One?

Softeners help with softening the hard water, that’s the plainest answer you all are familiar with. This is not a wrong definition, but it surely misses out on many aspects relating to soft and hard water.

Hard water is naturally formed, and it is too common these days. This water is safe on drinking (not recommended still), but harmful for the home appliances and plumbing. With the regular use of hard water, you may find white limescale deposits on the plumbing part, and this is where you need to install a water softener.

Water Softeners

Water Softeners Working and Their Importance

The water softener removes out the hardness causing elements from the water and gives you the softened water in the result.

How Does a Water Softener Work?

The process is based on the ion-exchange mechanism. First, the hard water is filled up in the mineral tank where the beads attract both the hard minerals Calcium and Magnesium. This replaces the sodium ions and it moves out with the remaining water.

Once the beads are saturated with Ca and Mg, the water softener enters into a 3rd phase regeneration process. During the backwash phase, the water flow is reversed which flushes out all the dirt from the tank. In the recharge phase, the salt solution is washed on the beads which again replaces the Ca and Mg. Now, it’s the sodium that gets collected on the beads, and the hard minerals are drained out of the tank.

Signs That You Need a Water Softener

  • Scale buildup is visible on the appliances
  • Clothes are turning grey and color-faded
  • Plumbing requires constant repairs
  • Increasing water bills
  • Stains on the sink and bathtubs

If you are facing 2 or more sign at home, then it’s time you consider buying one softener.

How has been the water softener experience for you? Share in your stories and tricks with us and our fellow readers, by commenting on your answers below. See you soon!

Posted by Petrick D'souza

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