Understanding the Basics: How Does a Water Softener System Work?

Today, water softeners are necessary due to city and well water often being riddled with metals, minerals, and chemicals, resulting in “hard” water. The only way to remove these metals and minerals and make your water “soft” is by running it through a water softener system

If you want to implement a water softener system in your El Paso home, Home Water Services is here to help. Contact us online or call (915) 881-3238 to learn more.

Why is “Hard” Water Bad? 

According to the United States Geological Survey, the hardness of water is determined by the amount of magnesium and calcium that are dissolved in the water. The harder water is, the dirtier and grimier it will be and the more likely it is to contain harmful chemicals and solvents. Therefore, hard water is bad for the following reasons. 

  • Causes skin irritation and dryness 
  • Stains your clothing 
  • Stains your washer and dishwasher 
  • Causes sediment buildup in your water lines and faucets 
  • Will result in premature water heater failure 

Step-by-Step Guide to How a Water Softener System Works 

The only way to prevent the issues listed above is to “soften” your water. Here’s how a water softener system works. 

  1. The overall process of how a water softener works is known as ion exchange. 
  2. Water enters your home in its hard, natural state and flows to the water softener. 
  3. As water flows through the softener, resin beads inside the softener, attach to calcium, magnesium, and other minerals and chemicals and remove them from the water. 
  4. Water then exits the softener as soft, clean water that’s free of minerals, metals, and chemicals. 
  5. The resin beads in the softener are packed with sodium, which is what gives it the ability to extract minerals and chemicals. 
  6. Every month or two, you need to regenerate the resin beads by adding salt to your water softener. 
  7. As you’re adding salt to the softener, the system automatically removes the mineral deposits from the resin beads and flushes them out of the system. 
  8. The salt then regenerates the resin beads and gives it the ability to continue removing chemicals and minerals from your hard water. 

Who to Contact

Home Water Services in El Paso is here to help bring you healthier and cleaner water. In addition to fantastic water softeners, we install a carbon filtration unit before the softener to provide water filtration along with softening. Call (915) 881-3238 today!