Looking On The Bright Side of Systems

Looking On The Bright Side of Systems

A Look at Water Softeners Water softeners are used to treat hard water. It is important to understand the meaning of water hardness before we engage further in the discussion. Hard water may be defined as untreated “raw water”. The water contains a lot of magnesium and calcium, among other minerals. The minerals dissolve in the water when it runs through rocks containing calcium and magnesium deposits. Water softening systems eliminate ions of magnesium and calcium from hard water. Sodium ions (Na+) in the water softeners replace the minerals. The action of soaps and detergents is hindered by the magnesium and calcium ions. Sodium, on the flipside, does not affect the actions. Water softening aids soaps and detergents to work properly in eliminating dirt and oils from clothes and dishes. This helps you get the slippery effect of soap during washing. You do not need to use a lot of detergent and soap when using a softener. Water softening systems are mostly installed at the point near where water gets into your house. The water may not be used for irrigation but can be used for human consumption and washing purposes. The system has a lot of porous plastic resin coated with molecules that attract the ions causing hardness in water. Put simply, the magnesium and calcium ions getting attached to the resins. Subsequently, the ions of sodium are released into the water to maintain an equilibrium in the electric fields of the resin. With time the resins become saturated with the ions of sodium and magnesium. The resins are then renewed when the system utilizes concentrated saltwater to rinse them. Concentrated sodium ions in the saltwater displace the magnesium and calcium ions leaving only the sodium ions on the resins. The saltwater, containing the magnesium and calcium ions, is then drained from the system to allow for normal functioning of the water softener.
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Magnetic systems, reverse systems and the salt-free system are other types of water softeners besides the salt-based system. Magnetic fields are utilized in the magnetic-based system to reduce the effect of hard water The system has a display panel and a number of transmitters bearing magnetic properties designed near the surface of water supply pipes.
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The principle of crystallizing calcium and magnesium ions in water is what the salt-free softeners are based upon. In real sense, the minerals responsible for water hardness are not removed by the system. The minerals are unable to stick to surfaces because they are converted into crystals. The reverse-osmosis softening unit is yet another water softener. Hard water is filtered through fine membranes in this system to separate the water from its impurities. For this unit to work effectively, you need to apply sufficient pressure. The most effective water softening system among those discussed here is the salt-based softener.

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