Home water softeners, also known as ion exchange units, are devices designed to eliminate calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from the water in your home. These softeners contain resin beads that capture calcium and magnesium ions and exchange them with sodium or potassium ions. As the resin beads become saturated with calcium and magnesium, a concentrated salt or potassium solution is used to flush out these minerals. The resulting chloride solution, having passed through the beads, becomes a waste stream that is disposed of down the drain.
Florida homeowners decide to install water softening systems in their homes for various reasons. To determine whether your home could benefit from a water softener, we'll send an expert out to assess the hardness of your water. If it exceeds seven grains per gallon or 120 mg/L, a water softener may be necessary to maintain the optimal performance of your appliances and enhance the taste, odor, or appearance of your water.
To prevent the build-up of minerals (scale) on the inside of pipes, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and hot water heaters.
To lengthen the life of some appliances.
To reduce or prevent mineral spots on glassware.
To prevent or reduce soap films and detergent curds in sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines.