Calgary Plumbing: How Does A Water Softener Tank Work?
We don’t often think much about the water which comes out of our faucet-heck, I don’t think much of it and I work in plumbing! One of the key things which make water work the way it works is the soft water tank. Howdo these tanks work and what can you do if something breaks? This outline will go over the basic things you need to know in order to understand your water softener tank.
The fundamentals of Water Softener Tanks
The water that comes out of your tap is actually not very pure. It picks up minerals from the ground it flowsthrough and brings these into your home. Calcium and Magnesium are the two big minerals which arebrought into your home through the water. While these minerals, in small amounts, are good for your health,it’s lousy for everything else, including your skin.
The major problem with these two minerals is that they stunt the efficiency of soap. Dishwashers, washingmachines and showers become less useful and turn cleaning into a far more arduous chore than it should be. Not only that, but the minerals leave a residue behind which makes for sink rings and irritated skin.
So there’s the problem-what’s the solution? A water softener tank! The main purpose of this tank is to remove the calcium and magnesium from the water before it reaches you. It’s a fairly simple systemactually. The water is run through a salt water tank or one full of resin beads floating in salt water. Thesalt, magnesium and calcium are attracted to the resin and sodium from the salt takes the place of the magnesium and calcium in the water. When the water hits your tap, it has been stripped of calcium and magnesium and only has trace amounts of sodium.
The system works, but the tank has to be cleaned regularly to get rid of the build-up of magnesium and calcium and to replace the depleted sodium. Many soft water tanks use a digital system to regulate the salt to mineral ratio or a timer which does the same thing. However, there is still plenty of room for problems and the need for human intervention.
Troubleshooting your tank:
Troubleshooting your tank is pretty simple: a few tasks can fix a number of problems.
- First, check to make sure the tank’s motor is running properly.
- If so, run a flush through the tank. This may solve the problem.
- If the first two solutions didn’t work and your machine is on lease, call and ask the company to send someone to have a look at your machine. They will fix it and your soft water should be running in no time.
- If the machine is yours, it probably needs to be repaired. You will need to find a good plumber who handles emergencies. It is wise to already have a contact or a good reputed plumber who is easily accessible for such emergency situations.
The working of a water softener tank is actually very simple. Now you are fully equipped with knowledge onhow a tankwater softener works and should have no problems keeping your tank in good condition.
If you do need help with your soft water tank, feel free to call us 24/7 for emergency repairs.
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