The only way to prevent damage due to hard water is to soften the well water. Everybody prefers drinking water which is free of impurities and clean because it is good for health.
Installing a water softener is considered one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to remove minerals from hard water. Water softeners work by using a chemical process called ion exchange. This reduces the hard water problem by switching the positively charged minerals with other less harmful positively charged minerals, such as sodium, though a natural reaction.
How do you remove hardness from well water?
When the water comes into the home from your well, it immediately enters the water softener. This type of system is known as “point-of-entry” and treats all of the water used within the home. The water is then flushed over small plastic beads, known as resin. These beads carry a negative charge, which attracts the positively charged minerals, like calcium and magnesium, as the water passes through the tank. The water then passes through a salty brine solution stored in the water softener and the minerals are replaced with sodium. Once the resin is saturated, the water softener flushes and recharges the resin.
There are some things to consider before installing a water softener. Softening adds a slight amount of sodium, or in some cases potassium, to the home’s water. This amount is tiny, however, it may be a consideration for people on a very low-sodium diet due to high blood pressure and other health concerns.
Homeowners should also consider disposal of the water softener’s waste brine. If not disposed of properly, it could cause contamination of a well or other water body located downhill from the softener disposal area.
Benefits of using a water softener for treating well water:
1-REMOVAL OF IRON
Along with calcium and magnesium, most softeners also remove iron from your water supply, which is present in a high concentration in well water. Such a high level of iron is toxic for the body and can damage skin cells and cause damage to the stomach, liver, heart and pancreas. It can also stain the bathtub, sinks, dishes and showers along with clogging pipes. By installing the water softener, the well water entering your house is free of iron and hence, safe for use.
2-REDUCTION OF CORROSION
As the softening process removes the corrosive minerals from the water, it prevents further corrosion. There is no build-up of the residual minerals on different surfaces or on the inside of the pipes. This ensures de-clogging of the pipes and easy flow of water. The life of your plumbing system gets extended as the fixtures work effectively.
3-FASTER HEATING OF WATER
Hard water takes longer to heat up than soft water. When you install a water softener, the water heater works 22% faster to heat the water. This improvement in efficiency reflects on your electricity bill as well by saving a lot of energy consumption.