Water Softening Process:
As hard water enter the water softener, it passes through resin beads located inside the mineral tank. The hard minerals are attracted to the resin and are removed from the water.. The final result s mineral-free water that is considered “soft”.
As resin becomes saturated with hardness minerals it begins to lose its capacity to soften. Regeneration is a ion-exchange process that used salt to clean the resin beads.
Brine water is drawn into the tank and is used to rinse the minerals off of the resin and down the drain. Once the resin is mineral-free, fresh water is used to remove the remaining brine, and the softener can go back into service and continue to “Soften”.
Problems Start on the Inside…
1) Clean Resin Beads with Maximum Removal Rates
2) The positive charge on the resin beads pulls the minerals from the water.
3) Over-Saturated resin beads result in both internal and external buildup
4) Resin will physically break down from prolonged over-saturation.
5) Channeled Resin Bed with minimal capacity and hard water bleed through
Properly designed water softeners excel at maintaining resin and as a result last 3-5 time longer.