Soft Water, Is It Worth It?
You ever stay in a lovely hotel with towels that are feathery soft and fluffy and you wonder how they got that way? Or, what about the unforgettable shower with silky smooth water? Most likely you got to experience the benefits of soft water.
You may have noticed that your laundry and water at home do not feel the same way. You could have a hard water issue. Hard water is the result of excessive minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, in your water supply that creates scaly build up. Hard water can negatively impact your life in many ways, decreasing the life span of your appliances and fixtures, affecting your plumbing, leaving your hair and skin dry and itchy and making everything so much harder to clean. It sounds like it is time to get a water softener, right?
Well, what is a water softener? In short, a water softener is exactly that! It softens hard water by using the scientific process called ion exchange to remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium and replaces them with sodium ions. The water softener tank contains media, also known as resin beads, which are negatively charged which then attracts the positive charged minerals like a magnet. Once the hard water travels through the media, it is then treated. What happens next? There is a separate tank known as a brine tank that holds the sodium, or simply known as salt, which will clean the resin beads in the softener tank during the “regeneration” period, leaving the beads fresh and ready to start the water softening process all over again.