Water Softeners remove limescale or calcium for your home or office by means of water treatment.
The results are evident with extended use of domestic and commercial appliances such as washing machines, clothes steamers, garment steamers, dish washers, electric showers, boilers, central heaters, and more. Water Softeners also aid in reactions to skin irritations such as eczema, itchy or flakey skin by removing the dryness with contributes to the individuals comfort.
At Aquasoft, we only use volumetric water softeners. These softeners are not on a timer and only regenerate or use salt when in use or when the unit reaches its capacity. Timer based water softeners are set on a clock / timer regardless if you use or consume water within your household or business establishment.
They both have a function for tailored use but from a cost perspective and in a domestic setting, volumetric M-series Water softeners deliver every time.
What is a Water Softener?
A water softener is a system that removes minerals in water that make it ‘hard’, like Calcium and Magnesium. Hard water can cause a scaly buildup on your dishes, pipes, and appliances. It can also create soap scum, clogs, and corroded plumbing. Water softener repair is needed when mineral removal isn’t working at full capacity.
Soft water gives an extra boost to your detergents and makes your soap feel more slippery on your skin. Because of this, it’s recommended that you lower your soap/detergent usage after installing a water softener.
How Does a Water Softener Work?
A water softener removes hard minerals and introduces sodium ions instead. Sodium doesn’t interfere with soaps the same way calcium and magnesium do. This swap is done through an ion exchange.
During the ion exchange, positively charged cations (the stuff we want to remove from the water) are exchanged with a weaker charged molecule: sodium. Resin beads, an inorganic mineral that forms into tiny crystals, make this possible. Since the resin beads are negatively charged and can hold positive ions, they can pull out the strongly-charged calcium and magnesium ions as the hard water moves through the tank. Their charge is stronger, so they replace the sodium ions. A few sodium ions are then dispersed into the soft water that enters your faucet, shower, dishwasher, etc.