Water Softener Recycling
1. The backwash phase removes dirt from the mineral tank.
2. Recharging the mineral tank with sodium from the brine
solution displaces calcium and magnesium, which is then
washed down the drain.
3. The final phase rinses the
mineral tank with fresh water and loads the brine tank
so it's ready for the next cycle.
It's easy to forget how important water is in our lives.
Of course we need it in our diet, but in our homes, it's
a tool--a fluid medium that carries material from one place
to the next. And one of the reasons it does this job well
is that it's very good at holding things, either by suspending
them or dissolving them.
Unlike most tools, though, water doesn't come with an instruction
manual. If it did, you'd know why the dishes you thought
were washed are covered with spots when dry, why the water
in your shower leaves a film on everything it touches, and
why what you thought was clean water has clogged up your
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through the mineral tank loses positively charged calcium
and magnesium ions to negatively charged plastic beads.
The brine tank holds a salt solution that flushes the
mineral tank, replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium.
A meter at the top of the mineral tank regulates recharging
cycles. The valve assembly routes water flow for each
phase of the regeneration cycle.
The Solution Is The Problem
While water is in the ground, it picks up soluble bits of
whatever it passes through. While this can mean contamination
that makes the water unfit to drink, in many cases it simply
means that the water contains minerals found in the earth.
Of these, calcium and magnesium are of particular importance
because they affect the water's ability to function in our
homes. These minerals make our water hard.
One effect of hard water is that soaps and detergents lose
some effectiveness. Instead of dissolving completely, soap
combines with the minerals to form a coagulated soap curd.
Because less soap is dissolved, more is required. And the
sticky insoluble curd hangs around--it clings to the skin
and may actually inhibit cleansing. Washed hair seems dull
In the laundry, things aren't much better. The soap curd
can work its way into your clothes as they're being washed
in your automatic washing machine. This can keep dirt trapped
in the fibers, and it can stiffen and roughen the fabric.
In addition to affecting the actual washing process, insoluble
soap deposits leave spots on everything you wash--from your
dishes to the family car--and a soap film will build up in
your bath and shower.
Another reason to be concerned about hard water is its effect
on your plumbing system. Calcium and magnesium deposits can
build up in pipes, reducing flow to taps and appliances.
In water heaters, these minerals generate a scale buildup
that reduces the efficiency and life of the heater.
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