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What Is A Water Softener, And Why Do I Need One?

Water softeners are devices that are used to remove hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium from water, making it soft and easier to use. Hard water can cause various problems, including damage to plumbing, reduced efficiency of appliances, and dry skin and hair.

In this blog post, we'll discuss water softeners in more detail, including how they work and the benefits they offer.

First, what is hard water?

Hard water is water that contains high levels of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. These minerals are picked up by the water as it travels through rocks and soil, and they can cause a variety of problems in the home. For example, hard water can leave behind scale buildup in plumbing fixtures and appliances, reducing their efficiency and lifespan. It can also cause soap scum to form in sinks, tubs, and showers, and it can make it harder to get clothes clean.

Oh, that's good to know. So, how do water softeners work?

Water softeners work by using a process called ion exchange. The softener is filled with resin beads that are coated with sodium ions. When hard water flows through the resin, the calcium and magnesium ions in the water attach to the resin beads, and the sodium ions are released into the water. This process effectively removes the hard water minerals from the water, leaving it soft and more manageable.

The resin beads in the water softener eventually become saturated with calcium and magnesium ions, at which point they need to be regenerated. This is done by flushing the resin with a saltwater solution, which replaces the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions once again. The salt used in this process is typically either sodium chloride or potassium chloride.

Wow, that's really science-y! Can you explain the benefits in laymen's terms?

There are several benefits to using a water softener in your home. Some of these include:

  1. Improved water quality: Softened water is free of the minerals that cause hard water, making it more pleasant to use for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

  2. Longer appliance lifespan: Appliances that use water, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters, last longer when they are not subjected to hard water buildup.

  3. Reduced plumbing maintenance: Soft water reduces scale buildup in plumbing fixtures and pipes, reducing the need for maintenance and repairs.

  4. More efficient cleaning: Soft water allows soap and detergent to lather more easily, which can improve cleaning effectiveness and reduce the amount of cleaning products needed.

  5. Softer skin and hair: Soft water is gentler on skin and hair, reducing dryness and irritation.

Now I get it! But also... How do I get one?

Water softeners are a great investment for anyone dealing with hard water issues in their home. They are effective at removing hard water minerals, improving water quality, and reducing appliance and plumbing maintenance.

If you're considering a water softener, DuMor Water Specialists can test your water in order to help you choose the perfect one for your household's needs. We even offer salt delivery and maintenance plans to keep your softener in tip-top shape. Call us at (888)WE-DUMOR today to see how we can Do More for You!

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