There are many issues with water along with many solutions. Consumers are often asking questions concerning both; as q result, we at AAA Water Team have taken the most common of the frequently asked questions and provided some answers for your convenience. If you do not see your question present here today always feel welcome to give us a call and we will happily answer them.
Water Softener Treatment for Hard Water FAQ
Q: How does a water softener work?
The calcium and magnesium minerals that are present in hard water are exchanged for sodium ions with an ion exchange water softener. Often referred to as zeolite or resin, are tiny beads that fills a mineral tank that works in conjunction with the mechanical appliance. Effectively removing all minerals from the liquid, these beads carry a negative charge, whereas calcium and magnesium carry a positive charge which causes them to hold onto the beads as the hard water passes through the tank.
Q: What is hard water?
Water that has a very high mineral content, specifically calcium and magnesium, is considered hot water. Such high mineral content can result in consequences that include:
– Dishes consistently have water spots on them.
– Dull-looking laundry
– An increase in soap scum and lime-scale build-up among appliances and plumbing.
Hard water is measured as follows:
Slightly Hard – 1 to 3.5 gpg
Moderately Hard – 5 to 7 gpg
Hard – 7 to 10.5 gpg
Very Hard – 5 and higher gpg
Q: Is hard water treatable?
Yes, regardless of the degree of severity, a water softener that relies on ion exchange is used to effectively treat hard water.
Q: Will I need to use more or less soap with softened water?
With water softeners, you can easily reduce the amount of soap you need to increase maximum results.
Q: What is regeneration?
The process of recharging is when the resin beads are full calcium and magnesium which is regeneration.
Q: Do water softeners need to be maintained?
To keep your water softener functional, you will need to maintain it on a regular basis; the system should be serviced at least once every year. Keep in mind that you will need to add salt to the softener and clean out the brine tank as is necessary according to the system’s manufacturer’s instructions.
Q: Can my water softener negatively impact my septic tanks?
According to the WQA, or the Water Quality Association, not only will your household’s septic tanks remain unaffected, but the regeneration wastes from your water softener have been shown to improve some aspects of the soil.
Q: Why does soft water seem slippery?
Your skin is slippery after a shower because the water softener is working effectively. It feels slippery because you are far cleaner than what you have ever been. Softer water does not leave behind any residues whereas hard water leaves an insoluble coating on the skin.
Q: Is hard water common?
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 3/4 of the United States geography has hard water, making it a very common problem in the country.