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How Water Softeners Work

Water Softener Recycling

 

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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 plumbing system.

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Water passing 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.
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 and lifeless. 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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15 GPM
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10 GPM
12 GPM
14 GPM
14 GPM
14 GPM
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6 GPM
10 GPM
13 GPM
15 GPM
18 GPM
19 GPM
21 GPM
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6 GPM
9 GPM
12 GPM
15 GPM
18 GPM
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24 GPM
27 GPM
32 GPM
37 GPM
6 GPM
9 GPM
12 GPM
15 GPM
18 GPM
18 GPM
18 GPM
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Resin 10% Crosslink 8% Crosslink USA MFG 10% Crosslink 8% Crosslink 8% Crosslink 8% Crosslink
Brine Tank Yes (18×33) Round Yes (18×33) Round Yes (18×33) Round Yes (18×33) Round Yes (18×33) Round Yes (18×33) Round
Salt Usage 3 to 12 Lbs 3 to 12 Lbs 3 to 12 lbs 12 to 45 lbs 12 to 45 Lbs 12 to 45 Lbs
Stainless Steel Back Plate No No No Yes No No
Warranty Extended
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Extended
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Mediaguard KDF Filter Optional Upgrade Included Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade
Chrome Jacket No, Neoprene Jacket option upgrade included No, Neoprene Jacket option upgrade Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade
Vortech Tank No No No Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade Optional Upgrade
Status Indication Light Yes Yes Yes No No No
Piston Assembly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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