A water softener system can help keep your bathroom faucets, surfaces, and other household appliances looking clean. The “scale” (made up of calcium and magnesium ions) found in hard water from wells or municipal sources can gradually clog pipes and leaves a residue on surfaces such as counter tops and shower doors. A water softener removes these harmful ions from your water.
The diagram below is from Waterfall Systems, a brand of water softeners we regularly install for our customers. It shows the major components of a water softener system.
All water flowing into your house goes through the mineral tank. Small beads in the mineral tank stick to passing calcium or magnesium ion, trapping them in the mineral tank.
Periodically these beads are regenerated with salt water, also known as “brine”, which is stored in the brine tank. Regenerating causes an ionic exchange removing the calcium and magnesium ions from the mineral tank. Many people incorrectly assume the salt from the brine tank will end up in their water supply, but it doesn’t. After flushing the beads it is sent to the drain and does not go to the rest of your house. The brine tank requires a regular resupply of salt which we sell in 40lb or 50lb bags.
If you have any questions about your water softener or would like to see about getting a system installed in your home, call us at 717-626-1168 or contact us here.