A Closer Look at Water Softener Basics

A Closer Look at Water Softener Basics

Are you considering installing a water softener in your home? If so, it is beneficial to learn more about what a water softener is and how it can affect the quality of the water in your home.

What is Soft Water?

Soft water is a term that is used to describe water after it has been treated by a water softener. The opposite of soft water is hard water. Hard water is called har due to the minerals that are in the water. Some of the minerals that are commonly found in untreated water include calcium and magnesium. While these minerals are not necessarily bad for your health, they are not good for your appliances or for your pipes. Hard water is also less effective and efficient with soap. Therefore, you may start to notice a scaly buildup of these minerals in your pipes, on your dishes, in your bathtub and even on your clothes. Over time, the buildup can actually clog your pipes, leading to potentially costly repairs. 

How Does a Water Softener Work?

 A water softener works by removing the minerals from your hard water through a process known as ion exchange. Through an ion exchange, the minerals are replaced with sodium ions. Calcium, magnesium, iron and even the sodium that you add to your water softener all have a positive charge. Since sodium has a weaker charge than the other minerals, an ion exchange is possible. As a result, the “hard” minerals are no longer present in your household water supply.

Of course, there are many different types of water softeners available. Therefore, in order to select the one that is best for you and your household, you should contact the experts at Pump Service Idaho today. We will be happy to help you find the water solution that is right for you!

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