If you want to improve the water quality in your home, you may consider adding a whole house water softener and filtration system to your plumbing. It will soften the water and filter it throughout your property.
Filtration probably makes sense to you, but softening? How can water get softer?
Read on to find out what a water softener does and the benefits it can provide in your home.
What is a Water Softener and Filtration System?
A water softener and filtration system consists of a tank with multiple layers, each of which serve a purpose. There are activated carbon and gravel layers that work to filter and a resin layer that softens.
There is also a backflush tank where sodium and potassium chloride are added. They clean the resin so it can continue doing its job.
The activated carbon is coated with tiny pores that catch contaminants and chlorine, so they don’t go through the water system.
The resin goes through an ion exchange process which involves ions of the same charge being exchanged between an insoluble solid and a solution. When water softening occurs, the calcium and magnesium ions in the water are exchanged for potassium or sodium ions attached to the resin beads.
The sodium and potassium do not cause the same problems calcium and magnesium do. They make for softer, better tasting water and a cleaner plumbing system.
Benefits of a Water Softener and Filtration System
A water softener and filtration system provides the following benefits:
Softer Silkier Hair: Chlorine and hard water can damage hair and dry it out. Soft water makes hair soft and silky. It also makes it easier to work up a good lather, so you use less shampoo and soap when you bathe.
Less Buildup: Softer water means less scale and scum buildup. Homeowners with a water softening system will spend less time cleaning and less money on cleaning products.
Fewer Stains on Dishes: Have you ever noticed water stains on your dishes, shower doors and fixtures? They are caused by minerals in the water. Your filtration system will eliminate minerals, so you won’t be seeing water spots around your home.
Better Laundry Results: Soap curd can get stuck between clothing fibers causing laundry to become stiff and discolored. Chlorine further contributes to discoloration. If you use softened water when you wash your clothing, you will find they hold up better and last longer.
Protect Pipes and Appliances: Minerals build up inside pipes and appliances causing damage. Chlorine dries out rubber parts, so you have to replace them more frequently. Your water softener filters out minerals and the problems that come with them.
Better Tasting Tap Water: Because the water in your home is filtered, it will come out purer and better tasting. It will also make food prepared with the water taste better. It will eliminate the need to purchase bottled water.
A water softener and filtration system can greatly benefit your home. It clears out contaminants and minerals, so your water does less damage and tastes better. Will you be adding one to your plumbing system? call JVS Plumbing Co. today