Water hardness is associated with almost all kinds of supply due to a large number of reasons including the surrounding soil, pipe material and more.
Technically, water is considered to be hard if it contains more than acceptable levels of calcium, magnesium, carbonate, etc.
How does hard water affect you or your home?
- The hardness of water makes it less likely to produce leather when used with soaps or detergents. This will affect all kinds of washing and cleaning applications. If your supply distributes hard water, then it’s quite possible that you’ll notice that your clothes do not come out as clean as they should from the washing machine. Your dishes will also show signs of residue. This problem will reflect across almost everything you clean or wash with water
- Another thing that hard water causes is skin and hair problems. It will not allow a thorough shampooing of skin or hair.
- Hard water is also quite hostile for your appliances. It can create unwanted rubbles or build-ups in your water heater, coffee maker and can also go to the extent of blocking your pipes.
With the help of a water softener, you can fix the above problems very smoothly. A water softener removes excess minerals including magnesium and calcium and delivers softened water for all cleaning and washing applications.
Let’s understand how a water softener goes about its job. A standard softener works on the ion exchange technique. It causes an exchange of calcium & magnesium ions with sodium chloride.
A typical softener arrangement will have a couple of tanks; one containing beads called resin tank and the other containing salts called the brine tank. The raw water goes through the resin tank in which the mineral ions bond with the negatively charged beads. The beads then absorb the minerals and release sodium. This way, the water sheds calcium and magnesium and attains a softer form.
The purpose of the brine tank is to regenerate the functionality of the system because with the passage of softening cycles, the beads lose their effectiveness. This happens as magnesium and calcium eventually consume all the sodium in the tank. The brine tank re-activates the softening process by supplying the required amount of sodium.
Now, if your water will take in more sodium, you might be curious if that will be safe for consumption. Well, you don’t have to worry at all because all softeners are designed to keep the sodium level very very low.
You might also be concerned if removing minerals from your water deprive you of some essential nutrients. The answer to that is an absolute “no”, because the minerals found in water supply are not in a digestible form.
As per medical experts, the right source for consuming magnesium and calcium are foods that are rich in these minerals. Their form found in water is highly inorganic and tough to digest.