Water Softening is the removal of calcium, magnesium, iron and certain other metal cations in hard water by the use of a water softener. The resulting soft water is more compatible with soap and extends the lifetime of plumbing and appliances.
Why do I want a water softener?
#1- Soft Water for Your hair, manageable and silky! Stop using hundreds of dollar (a month) in expensive shampoos and conditioners trying to fight the frizzy “Santa Barbara Hair”. Soft water will make your skin and hair feel more moisturized and nourished. For those that don’t like the “silky sensation” or the “I cant get the soap off” they need not worry we have solutions for them as well.
#2- Soft Water for Your Skin, as soap tries to clean the hardness in water the combination creates “soap scum”, or soap curd. This waxy layer of soap and hardness deposits on everything… Does the Zest Squeaky Clean Feeling sound familiar? Often kids, and even adults, have adverse dry and itchy skin reaction from this layer depositing on the skin and in the fabric fibers of your laundry. This can be especially evident for people who suffer from eczema and psoriasis.
#3- Soft Water for Cleaning, Why fight with the spots on the shower doors, why have your dishes get foggy with hardness, why ruin the finish on your fixtures… Why spend all this time with harsh chemicals when you can simply prevent it from happening?
#4- Soft Water for Saving Money, water heaters use more energy when run on hard water. A water softener in your home or business will reduce your usage of soaps and detergents, eliminates the need for rinse-aids like JetDry, will extend the service life of your water using appliances, plumbing, and fixtures. How about extending the life of your clothing! Have colors return and fabrics retain the supple feeling!
Water softeners have two separate chambers, the resin tank and the brine tank, and use an ion-exchange process to remove the hardness ions calcium, iron and manganese. Softeners are often able to remove other impurities. Raw feed water is passed through a bed of resin “beads” inside the resin tank where the hardness ions in the feed water trade places on the resin beads with sodium ions that are electrostatic ally bound to the beads. Eventually, the resin exhausts its supply of sodium and must be “regenerated”. When the beads have no more room for additional calcium, iron and manganese ions, the unit temporarily goes off-line and the resin tank is flushed with salt water from the brine tank, the source of new exchangeable sodium ions. Twin alter
As it leaves the skies in the form of rain, water is soft, meaning it is clear if impurities. But is picks up carbon dioxide and other impurities in the air. It also dissolves calcium and magnesium salts
as it soaks through the earth and runs off into rivers or lakes and collects in reservoirs or wells. If the water, in these processes, picks up a substantial amount of invisible dissolved rock, calcium carbonate and other substances, it becomes “hard” a defined term.
Because the unique mixture of minerals dissolved in the water, its pH and temperature determine the effect of water hardness. Hardness is generally defined using this scale:
washing hair and clothing. There was a reason for it! Rainwater is naturally soft. How much are you spending on hair conditioner? Would you like that same bottle of conditioner and shampoo to last 5 times longer? Just think of the savings, and you get lovely hair!
The water softening flush release has come under fire from certain environmental quarters, even though it has not been proven to be a problem under most practical conditions. In response to these concerns, the Water Quality Association decided to study the environmental impact of conventional water softening. The goal of the study was simple, to determine whether ion exchange water softening is an eco-friendly technology that might be able to contribute to the efficiency of home heating technologies and result in a reduced carbon footprint. In order to carry to the study the prestigious Battelle Institute in Columbus Ohio was contracted to do the work.
The net results of the Battelle study proved, beyond any doubt that by maintaining a high level of efficiency, home water heaters, faucets, shower head and various appliances will use significantly less energy and result in a dramatically decreased carbon footprint. Appliances will last longer, also contributing to less waste and land fill and finally improved health by eliminating scaled surfaces that could harbor pathogenic bacteria.
Using less detergent and hot water also helps the environment. Another study for the Water Quality Association on detergents quantifies the difference water softening can make.
Washing machines can reduce detergent use by half, using 60-degree cold water instead of 100-degree hot water and get the same or even better stain removal. Dishwashers can run with up to 50 percent less detergent with better results!
Water softening – It’s good for you and the environment!