body of a water softener is a tank filled with
resin beads. These beads are covered with sodium
ions. As hard water passes through, the resin
beads act like a magnet, attracting the calcium
and magnesium ions (hardness) in exchange for
the sodium ions.
the resin beads become saturated with mineral
ions and have to be “re-charged.” This process
is called regeneration, and is conducted by the
control valve on the top of the tank. The
control valve is the brain of the system.
regeneration, a strong brine solution is flushed
through the resin tank, bathing the resin beads
in a stream of sodium ions which replace the
accumulated calcium and magnesium ions
brine solution, carrying the displaced calcium
and magnesium ions, is then flushed down the
drain by fresh water. The regenerated resin
beads can be used again and again.
the Bathroom: Your soap and shampoo
will lather better. Your hair and skin will feel
noticeably cleaner, softer, and not as dry. And
there will be no soap scum or mineral deposits
to clean off sinks, showers, tubs and toilets.
the Laundry: Clothes will be softer,
cleaner, whiter and brighter. Plus they will
last longer. Using soft water and pure soap
products increases the life of clothing, towels
and linens up to 33%. Without hard water service
issues, washing machines last longer, too.
the Kitchen: Dishes will clean up
more easily, and be spot free, without the gray
film glasses get when etched by mineral-laden
water. Plus hands will feel softer and look
the House: Water-using appliances
will last longer and run better. Why? Because
hot water heaters, washing machines and
dishwashers used with hard water can wear out
Hard water on a shower door.
Do you see the difference?