How Does Water Softening Work?

The right water softener systems can add a lot of benefits to your home or other property. If your water has high levels of magnesium, calcium, iron, and other minerals, you may be suffering from “hard” water. Unfortunately, hard water can irritate the skin, wear down appliances, reduce the effectiveness of soaps, result in scum build-ups, and more.

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Yet with the right water softener system, it’s possible to reduce excessive mineral levels.

A water softener system works sort of like a magnet. Inside the water softening tank, you’ll find beads with sodium ion charged anions, which means they have a negative charge. Calcium, magnesium, and the like have a positive charge. When hard water passes through the softening system, the anions will attract the minerals and attach them to the beads. This essentially removes them from the water.

Water softener systems are an investment. However, they often pay off by reducing wear and tear on your appliances. With hard water, your washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances may break down more quickly. Further, while the science behind water softening systems may be complex, daily maintenance and upkeep is actually easy and minimal. If you or your family are dealing with hard water, now’s the time to act. The right water softener could improve your quality of life and provide other benefits.