Hard water causes the unwanted mineral build-up that clogs the plumbing, damages water-using appliances, spots glasses and silverware and stains shower curtains and doors. It also robs much of the cleaning power of expensive soaps and detergents. A conditioner reduces the minerals that cause this damaging build-up; unnecessary housework and wasted dollars spent on cleaners.
Your home’s plumbing and heating systems are vulnerable to mineral scale accumulation as well. As hard water clogs the pipes, water flow is restricted, reducing water pressure. As these mineral deposits build up in the heating system and hot water heater, heat exchange is compromised and the cost of operation increases as the mineral build-up accumulates. In extreme cases, the cost of heating can double.
Conditioned water means a softer lifestyle and all of your water-using appliances will lead longer lives. Dishwashers, automatic washers, and of course, your water heater. This adds years of life to major appliances and postpones expensive replacements.
How it works: Hard water passes through the media tank that contains resin beads coated with sodium ions. The calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for the sodium (or potassium) ions, thus softening the water. When the beads have trapped the hardness and reach their capacity, they need to be regenerated. At this time, the valve charges them with brine 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 hardness is washed out of the system; and the system is ready to soften water again.
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