Water naturally contains a variety of minerals, including magnesium and calcium. Whether the water in your home is considered “soft” or “hard” depends on how much of these minerals are in your water. Generally speaking, soft water has lower levels of magnesium and calcium in it than hard water.
Although many people have hard water in their homes, water softeners are good for your home and the environment because they eliminate these chemicals from your water. Water softeners prevent buildup of minerals inside your pipes, fixtures, and hot water heater, lengthen the life of appliances, reduce mineral spots on glassware, and prevent soap film and detergent curds in washing machines, sinks, and bathtubs. Plus, soft water is gentler on your skin and tastes better to drink than hard water.
Often referred to as ion exchange units, water softeners use resin beads to trap the calcium and magnesium in your water. Then, these units are exchanged for potassium or sodium. After the resin beads become full of magnesium or calcium, a solution eliminates this buildup from the beads. Once this process occurs, the resulting chloride solution is eventually eliminated from your home and out into the environment.
Are you curious about water softeners and why you should invest in one for your home? At Progressive Water Solutions LLC, we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about these systems. Contact us today!