When there are large amounts of calcium or magnesium dissolved in water, it is said to be “hard”. A Water Softener measures and lowers the hardness level of water by removing magnesium and calcium salts.
What is an best electronic water softeners?
Most softeners operate in the exact same way. The water entering the softener passes through a tank filled with ion exchanging resin. The resin catches all the magnesium, calcium and other minerals that can cause lime scale. It then allows soft water into the system. The machine will often have an automatic timer which periodically cleans or regenerates resin. Salt water is passed through the resin to swap places with magnesium and calcium, and flush away the trapped minerals. This is done by flushing the salt brine and all the calcium, magnesium and other minerals down the drain.
How can an Water Softener benefit me?
There are two major problems that hard water can create in your home.
1. Sizing Issues
In the case of tea kettles, water boilers or other items, the scale can form inside the pipes. The scale is not conducive to heat and will reduce flow in the pipes, which could result in expensive repairs.
2. Reducing Soap’s Effectiveness
In hard water, soap reacts and creates a soap scum. Soap lather is reduced, which affects all cleaning around the home, such as washing and bathing, cleaning sinks and glasswares, cleaning crockery and dishes, etc.
How to Maintain my Water Softener
The only maintenance required is the addition of salt. However, there are other ways you can prolong your watersoftener’s lifespan:
Water supplies can contain contaminants that will affect your softener. It is possible that the salt regeneration process will not effectively remove dirt, iron, silt, and other organics or bio film. In addition, old resin beds are more likely to be affected by excessive fouling. If you want to fix these issues, there are several products available that will help.
While it is cheaper, you may end up with a lot of sediment in your tank. The sediment will clog and damage the softener.
The brine tank should be cleaned annually to remove all sediment, even pure sea salt may contain some contaminants.
To avoid problems with sediment, fill up the tank no more than 2/3 full.
Water Bylaws and Water Softener Install?
UK Water Bylaws demand that one tap be left unsoftened during the installation of your WaterSoftener. It is possible to achieve this by installing an additional tap near the sink. It is as if the entire house now has softened drinking water. You should also feed all outside taps unsoftened, to reduce waste.
Do I have any other considerations before I install the water softener system?
It is the perfect time to install a water-softener if your are planning to build a brand new kitchen. Alternatively, you can also put it in a garage, laundry area or an airing cupboard. The softener should be set up to soften water throughout the home with the exception of any taps outside and the one at the kitchen. Finding a place that is suitable for installing a watersoftener will require:
It is important that your plumber finds a way to connect the rising main with the site of water softener.
If you have a dedicated water tap, it is worth considering filtering that water with a Carbon Filter. That will get rid of any tastes or smells in the mains water. The result is that you’ll have fresh water to drink and water softened throughout the house.
To begin the process of regeneration you need to determine a possible place that waste water can be disposed.
It is necessary to give the softener an electrical supply. Most commonly, it will be reduced to 12 voltage via a power transformer.
Before softened drinking water can be pumped through your lead pipes in the house, these must first be removed. The reason is that water with a lower pH is more likely to contain lead. This is undesirable.
To ensure that all electrical work is carried out correctly, it must be done by a licensed electrician. It should also comply with current IEE Wiring Regulations as well the relevant Building Regulations. Check with your local building control department before you start any work.
What’s the best way to soften water?
Water softener Salt is usually classified into three categories: Rock salt (also called solar salt), Evaporated salt (also known as evaporated salt), and a combination of the two.
It is extracted from underground salt deposits by using conventional mining techniques.
It is usually available in the form of pellets, or in the crystallized form.
It is possible to obtain evaporated salt by extracting underground deposits of salt that dissolves.
Rock Salt can be used if the brine tank is regularly cleaned. However, it contains an excessive amount of water-insoluble matter. Solar salt and Evaporated are both good salts to use, but Evaporated contains less.