What Is Water Softening Salt And How Does It Work?

Curious to know what is water softening salt and how does it work? Eastern Water & Health provides free water testing & consultation on water systems. While you may know that a water softener can help you with many hard water issues, many people are still curious about what happens within those brine tanks and resin beads. Water softener salt is one of the most frequently misunderstood topics among homeowners. So, what is water softening salt, and how does it work? 

Every time you bring a hefty bag of water softening salt into your home and refill the brine tank, You may ask, “How much of this salt winds up in my water?”. “Is it salty water I’m drinking, bathing, and cooking with?” Water softener systems do not add any salt to your home water? The salt is broken down in the water softening process so that the sodium can be used. 

A water softener converts hard water to soft water by eliminating the magnesium and calcium in your water supply through an ion exchange process. Soft water, unlike hard water, does not harm your home’s piping or cause scale to build up in your appliances, diminishing their efficiency and lifespan. You were interested to know whom to contact for the best advice on water softeners? Eastern Water And Health provides you free in-home water testing and consultation concerning the best water softener you can have for your home/ office.

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Water Softening salt and water softener explained

The role of sodium in the water softening process requires a basic knowledge of how standard water softeners work. Minerals in hard water such as Calcium and Magnesium cannot be removed adequately without adding salt to your water softener. The dissolved minerals calcium and magnesium cause hard water. Water must go through an ion-exchange process to get rid of those minerals. This exchange occurs in the brine solution, which is filled with salt and resin beads. This medium captures calcium and magnesium ions and removes them from the water before it reaches the rest of your house as softened water.

The Water Softeners system from Eastern Water And Health protects your home from dangerous buildup while also removing limescale (which is only present in hard water) and improving your family’s skin and hair by softening your water.

​Calcium and Magnesium Ions exchange process

The Ion exchange process is the method by which water softeners remove calcium and magnesium from the water. 

Hard water travels through a bed of spherical resin beads as it enters the mineral tank. These sodium-ion-charged plastic beads are typically constructed of polystyrene. Thee beads take hold of the mineral ions through a regeneration cycle and remove them from the water as the hard water travels through the resin.

With our water softener system, the total sodium content is low, even with exceptionally hard water. Softened water is classified as “extremely low sodium” by the Food and Drug Administration.

​Maintaining a water softener brine tank

The brine tank contributes to the regeneration process of the water softening system. It’s a relatively more minor tank placed right next to the mineral tank. 

The brine tank stores a highly concentrated salt (or sometimes potassium) solution to restore the resin beads’ positive charge. Salt in the shape of pellets or blocks is manually added to the brine tank. These disintegrate in the tank’s bottom water. The heavy brine solution is taken out of the tank and flushed through the resin in the mineral tank when the control valve detects that the resin’s softening capacity is reducing. 

The water running through the machine will no longer be softened if the brine tank runs out of salt. Because each home’s water is unique, you should always have a water treatment specialist such as Eastern Water And Health to test the water in your house and provide a recommendation based on your unique needs and expectations.

What is the purpose of water softener salt?

Ion exchange units, often known as home water softeners, remove calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from drinking water. 

Calcium and magnesium are trapped by resin beads inside the softener and exchanged for sodium or potassium. Once the resin beads have accumulated enough calcium and magnesium, the calcium and magnesium are removed using a highly concentrated salt or potassium solution. The chloride solution that passes through the beads forms a waste stream that is flushed down the drain.

What exactly is water softener salt?

Softener for water Salt is a product that eliminates the ions that cause water to become hard. 

Hard water is defined as water with a high mineral concentration. This usually refers to calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg). Water with higher dissolved calcium and magnesium levels has a more challenging time dissolving other solutes, such as soap. 

Due to increased limescale build-up, hard water can also cause clogged pipes. Limescale build-up reduces the efficiency of heating systems and increases the wear and tear on pipes and water-dependent home appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

Eastern Water And Health is a reliable and trusted water expert serving the local community for several years. 
Whether you want a reverse osmosis water system, Water conditioners/ softeners, or a full house water filter, we can help. Call( 772) 301- 1767
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