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Noticing the problem of hard water and still don’t know what to do? Hard water occurs naturally when water flowing in rivers, streams and even through underground channels, comes in contact with the rock in the Earth’s crust. Hardness concentrations vary throughout the country, and are one of the major causes of white scaling and water spotting on glassware. Though not typically visible, hard water can also cause damage to appliances, clothing and even the pipes in the walls of your home.  Reducing hardness in your water will help keep your hot water appliances running at high efficiency.  Biotechwater.com brandz water softener systems are an effective way to reduce the presence of hardness in your household water.

Most water softeners on the market are ion exchange systems. In these systems, hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) are exchanged for salt (sodium or potassium) ions. The exchange takes place within the resin tank of the water softener. When water flows through the tank it comes in contact with small resin beads that are covered with salt ions. As water flows through the resin beads, hardness ions trade places with salt ions, hence the higher salt content in softened water.

As larger volumes of water are softened, the beads become exhausted and contain nothing but hardness ions . The beads are recharged by adding bags of salt to the brine tank. Recharging works the same as softening but in reverse. The hardness ions swap places with the salt ions in the brine tank and excess minerals are rinsed into the wastewater drain.

Demand initiated regeneration (DIR) water softeners are the most common ion exchange softeners sold locally. DIR softeners meter water usage over time and only regenerate when needed. Some softeners operate on a timer or schedule that regenerates at set increments. This older technology can be very wasteful of both salt and water because the softener will regenerate even during periods of low household water use (e.g. vacation away from home). At the same time, these models can leave you short of soft water if you have periods of higher water use (e.g. house guests).

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