Water Softener & Conditioners in Dallas-Fort Worth TX
Water Softeners are used to remove hard water scale. Hard water scale is the white residue that is left behind on your showers and sinks or anywhere water is left to dry after pooling. This white residue is nothing more than calcium and magnesium. While it does not cause any immediate health problems, it does create a place for bacteria to attach itself to any surface water that is left behind.
Hard water takes a costly toll on all the appliances that use water as well as our skin, hair, and clothes. The University of Wisconsin has conducted a study that shows that you spend about 20% of your weekly grocery budget to treat the water conditions of your home. Every time you purchase a bottle of fabric softener, dryer sheets, CLR to clean you faucets in your home or lotion for your hands you are treating your water. Every time you clean the lent trap on your dryer, hard water has affected your home. By not treating your water, you allow the hard water scale to stay trapped on your clothes. As the clothes tumble in the dryer and you add heat, it creates friction which in turn causes your clothes to fray and the lent gets caught in the trap. The biggest of all the problems occurs in the plumbing of your home. Over time as the water passes through your home, it starts to build a wall of rock residue on the inner liner of your pipes. This can lead to slab leaks and can cause your hot water heater to explode, leaking water everywhere and causing unnecessary energy costs to heat the leaking water.
So how does a water softener fix this problem? How does it work?
Water Softening is the process of ION exchange. It’s basic chemistry that we are all taught in school. When you install a Water Softener in your home, it comes loaded with a polymer resin that comes from the factory with a positive ION charge. Calcium and Magnesium in nature carry a negative ION charge on the periodic chart of elements. So as the water that enters your home flows across the resin bed, the positive charged IONs in the resin grab hold of the negative charged IONs in the water (which are made up of the calcium and magnesium) and do not allow them to enter into the home. The resin can only hold onto so much of the calcium and magnesium, so when the resin media is full or exhausted, the system performs a backwash of the resin media. Backwashing pulls either sodium or potassium water into the tank and replacse the calcium and magnesium ions with sodium or potassium and washes all the calcium and magnesium away. This backwashing process recharges the resin bed and leaves it ready to work and trap more calcium and magnesium the next day.