Calgary Plumbing:Water Softeners: How do they work?
Find below an elementary outline of what tank water softeners are and how they work. We will discuss, in specific, the main principles of tank water softeners and what you can do in case there is a problem. When you have reached the end of the article, you should be fully aware of how the entire system works.
The fundamentals of Tank Water Softeners
Often, we take water in our house for granted. It is essential that we know that water isn’t in it’s purest form of H2O everywhere. Water also comprises of minerals that it picks up from the ground before flowing into the water supply. Calcium and Magnesium are the two major minerals that are responsible for many problems.
A higher mineral content will stunt the efficiency of soap, regardless of where it is used – the dishwasher, washing machine or in the shower. This makes cleaning a very difficult task. Not only does it reduce the efficiency of soaps but the soap also ends up leaving a residue behind. This causes irritation to the skin during laundry or while taking a shower.
The main function of a water softener tank is to remove calcium and magnesium content from the water. This is accomplished by running water via a salt water tank or one that is full of resin beads in salt water. The salt is attracted to resin beads, but so are calcium and magnesium and that too even more strongly. As the water runs from the source via the tank, sodium from the salt takes the place of magnesium and calcium
The tank must be cleaned regularly to get rid of the magnesium and calcium that has accumulated and also to replace the depleted sodium. This function is taken care of by various mechanisms like a digital system which regulates the salt and mineral ratios or a simple timer which operates regeneration at a given set time.
Troubleshooting your tank
The working of these tanks are simple, due to which a few simple tasks can fix a number of problems.
- First, check if the tank’s motor is running properly.
- If so, run a flush through the tank and check if the problem is solved.
- If the above two solutions don’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 very simple. Now you are fully equipped with knowledge on how a tank water softener works and should have no problems keeping your tank in good condition.
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