A softener is a whole-house filtration system that removes hardness-causing calcium and magnesium minerals from your water through a process called ion exchange or any conventional process. A softener addresses one of the most prevalent and devastating water problems: hard water which isn’t good for domestic purposes.
Hard water creates havoc on the modern home, i.e., Scale builds up in your pipes, clogging them and decreasing water pressure and other issues in sanitation. Scale dramatically shortens the lifespan of appliances like dishwashers, coffee makers and ice machines which upon treating with softener gets eradicated. Hard water destroys hot water appliances.
The higher the temperature of the water, the more calcium and magnesium will solidify and harden into solid deposits inside your hot water heater by the process of precipitation. If you live in hard water territory, it can sound like your water heater is popping popcorn which causes damage. This is because scale has attached itself to the heating element of the system. As the temperature of the heater rises and the tank expands, the calcified rock deposits crusted on the heating elements start cracking as well as stretching. Hard water-induced scale is the culprit of that popcorn popping sound.
WORKING OF SOFTENERS
Water softeners works upon a process called ion exchange which eliminates calcium and magnesium from the water. When the hard water enters into the mineral tank, it flows through a bed of spherical resin beads.
What is the issue of Hard Water?
Many people have hard water issues. A softener can help eliminate problems such as soap scum in sinks or in bathtubs. However, it is possible that you still see hard water spots on your faucets or on your cutlery, even after having invested in a water softener.
What could be the cause of this?
There are couple of culprits that could be the issue, such as:
>THERE ARE A LOT OF DISSOLVED SOLIDS IN YOUR WATER
A water softener minimizes the amount of minerals such as magnesium, iron, and calcium in your water, but it doesn’t reduce the total dissolved solids. These precipitates can be organic or inorganic such as agricultural runoff. It could even be different solids from metals and minerals. You can get a meter to test the amount of total dissolved solids in your water to determine if that is the issue. You can also schedule a consultation with one of the consultants at NETSOL Solutions to come and test your water for you and prescribe an appropriate solution.
>THE SODIUM IN YOUR WATER SOFTENER CAN BE CAUSING SPOTS
Many water softeners replace hard minerals with sodium ions. These ions can be high if the water softener is replacing a lot of hard minerals with ion (in other words, a lot of sodium ion is put into your water in order to remove the minerals).
Sodium residual can easily be wiped off your dishes, faucets, and car after it has been washed. It is much better for your appliances to have sodium residue than the white residue that is typically associated with hard water to work efficiently.