Home water softeners, also called ion exchange units, are appliances that remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from your home’s water. Located inside the softener, resin beads trap calcium and magnesium and replace them with sodium or potassium. Once the resin beads become full of calcium and magnesium, a highly-concentrated salt or potassium solution removes the calcium and magnesium from the beads. After passing through the beads, the resulting chloride solution becomes a waste stream that goes down the drain.
There are several reasons homeowners may choose to have a water softener installed in their homes. To determine if your home could benefit from a water softener, a professional Plumbing Today technician will first measure your water’s hardness. If it’s greater than seven grains per gallon or 120 mg/L, then you might need a water softener to ensure your appliances run well and to improve the taste, smell, or look of your water.
To prevent the build-up of minerals (scale) on the inside of pipes, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and hot water heaters.
To lengthen the life of some appliances.
To reduce or prevent mineral spots on glassware.
To prevent or reduce soap films and detergent curds in sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines.
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