Some of the most common issues related to hardness are staining of faucets, fixtures, or bathtubs…harder to identify issues are the scale build ups internally in piping and appliances. Additional issues can be difficulty to lather up soaps & shampoos, and reduced cleansing effects of detergents. The most common complaint we encounter is Stiff hair feeling and taste or odor of the water is off.
Treating the water can have many benefits, such as extending life of the appliances and provide longer term efficiencies. Hardness Scale deposits not only cut down on the efficiency of these appliances, they cost you money, increasing both energy and maintenance bills. Soft water also provides a better feel and a more productive cleaning effects by soaps and detergents.
Professional Series Water Softeners eliminate the effects of hard water by removing the calcium and magnesium. Treatment at the point-of-entry to the home, extending the useful life of water heaters, coffeemakers, humidifiers and household plumbing by as much as 30%.
How a Water Softener Works
Hard water passes through the media tank that contains resin beads coated with sodium ions. The calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for sodium (or potassium) ions, thus softening the water.
When the beads have trapped the hardness and need to be regenerated, the control valve charges them with brine (salt and water solution) from the brine tank. As regeneration occurs, calcium and magnesium (hardness) ions are freed from the beads, replaced with sodium or potassium ions; and the system is ready to soften water again.
How the Water Softener Regeneration Process Works
Water softener controls are used to manage the regeneration process. The control valve manages the frequency of recharging the resin beads that clean the water and flushing the mineralized water out of the system.
Computerized Control System
The most popular type, computerized systems regenerate based on actual water usage. If you are away on vacation, or low usage the control will adjust accordingly. Computerized controls are programmed with grain capacity of the softener, water hardness and metered usage in the home. Since this type of unit only regenerates when necessary, it is the most efficient in salt pellet usage.
There are a few alternative types of softeners such as Timer controlled units, Non electric, and manually controlled units. These options may be suggested in particular circumstances however when possible the computerized option tends to be the most efficient and effective method to water softening.
Water Treatment Solutions
Treatment solutions are customized to meet your needs. A technician will visit your home to conduct a water quality analysis and site assessment.
Our Water Treatment Professionals will analyze the test results and make recommendations on the type and size of equipment that will best take remediate your water quality. Varying on the analysis results additional equipment such as Iron & H₂S Filters, Whole House Filters, or Point-of-Use System may also be recommended.