A water softener does exactly as its names suggests; it softens your water. That means it gets rid of those mineral deposits, resulting in soft water (that’s the kind you want). There are some amazing benefits of soft water:
It’s better for your plumbing. With no mineral build ups clogging your pipes, soft water extends the life of your plumbing.
It improves the way your appliances run. Think about your dishwasher or your washing machine. Both need water to work. If hard water runs through them, you’re more likely to get calcium buildups. Plus, it makes your detergent less effective. Who wants to run the same load of laundry twice because it didn’t get clean the first time? Not you!
It’s healthier for your hair and skin. Hard water tends to leave a film on skin and dulls your hair. Yuck!
It makes for easier cleaning. Due to less mineral build up, your cleaning products will work more effectively. Do you want to spend more time cleaning than absolutely necessary? No way!
How Does a Water Softener Work?
There are two processes in water softening. With their powers combined, you get soft water flowing through your pipes!
Ion Exchange– This is when your water is filtered through resin (kind of like sand) that is filled with positively charged sodium ions. Like magic, this dissolves the minerals that cause hard water! Now, this resin is not really magic and, therefore, is not unlimited. It needs to be regenerated after the ion exchange process.
Regeneration Cycle– This backwashes the resin with a saltwater-like solution. This gets rid of those unwanted mineral deposits and the resin is ready to be used again. Amazing, right?
If you have hard water, look into installing a water softener in your home. It can lessen your cleaning time, improve the life of your plumbing, make your appliances more efficient, and even leave you with healthier look skin and hair! With so many benefits, why would you not want softer water?