You’ve undoubtedly experienced it either in your own home, or when visiting friends or relatives: you go to take a shower and the soap won’t lather up for some reason, or you reach for a glass and it’s covered in water spots. This is hard water at work, and those are just a couple of the issues it poses. Adding a water softener to your home helps extend the lifespan of your expensive appliances while helping you look and feel better every day.
With soft water, you can enjoy:
- Less deposits in tubs and showers
- Easier cleaning
- A reduction in energy costs due to better water softener efficiency
- Softer, longer lasting clothing
- Smoother, softer skin
- Longer service life from water-using appliances
How a Softener Works
One of the most common misconceptions people have about water softeners is that it is the salt inside the tank that softens the water. In reality, there is a bed of tiny resin beads that filter out hard water chemicals. The salt is used to clean the resin during a cycle called regeneration, so they can continue to function properly.
First, hard water enters your home via a main water supply and enters the water softener. From there, the resin bed removes the minerals and contaminants that make the water hard and sends the softened water into the plumbing throughout your home.
As you use water, the resin beads in your softener become saturated with the minerals they remove. Eventually the beads need to be cleaned so they can continue to function – this is where regeneration comes in.
Water softeners use a strong saltwater solution called a brine for regeneration. That brine periodically flushes through the resin bed, removing hard water minerals and leaving fresh sodium in their place. Those minerals are then flushed out of the system via a drain, and the softener is ready to use again.
Water softeners require some periodic maintenance to continue operating effectively. The salt level in the softener’s brine tank needs to be checked every 4-6 weeks depending on how hard your water is and how much water you use. It is also important to have your equipment inspected a few times each year. Excess salt buildup can prevent the salt from making contact with the water, and in turn, not being able to remove the minerals.
You shouldn’t have to worry about water softener maintenance yourself, and at Domer’s, we are proud to offer water softener maintenance solutions to suit every needs.
We provide a wide range of home water softener solutions here at Domer’s, and we offer installation on our products as well! For more information about the water softener that is right for you, give us a call today at 863-763-3417.