Water Softening Systems

Written by Devin Flanigan
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Water softening systems are designed to remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium from your water, minerals that are responsible for making your water feel "hard." These minerals can damage your clothes and dish washing machines and clog up your pipes. They also make it difficult for soap to dissolve, running up your water bill as you try for the third time to rinse your hair.

Hard water can be troublesome in other ways as well. It leaves a hard scale in your pipes and on your sinks and tubs, which can make cleaning difficult. Worse, the lime scale being built up in your pipes can drastically reduce the efficiency of your water distribution. Inefficiency can be costly: with an inefficient water heater, your energy bills may be as much as 15 to 20 percent higher than they should be.

Water Softening Systems Work Wonders

The key to water softening is ion exchange. The calcium and magnesium ions present in your water are replaced by sodium and potassium salts. These minerals are soft, and do not damage your pipes or leave a hard scale. You fill your softener's mineral reservoir with salt, and the machine periodically disposes of the accumulated hard minerals by sending them down the drain.

Softening your water produces a cleaner, healthier product that will not cause you major headaches and repair bills. Water softening systems usually pay for themselves in a very short period of time. With a cleaner and more efficient house, things will run smoother as well.

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