What Exactly Does a Water Softener Do?

A water softener has become a staple in many Utah homes, but what exactly does it do? If you’re considering one, it’s important to be informed.

Simply put, they are appliances that remove hard minerals from your home’s water and replace them with softer minerals like sodium and potassium. Here’s everything you need to know about water softeners, what they are, and how they work.

What Does a Water Softener Do?

Water softeners, also known as ion exchange units, are appliances that are connected to your water system to reduce the amount of calcium, magnesium, and other hard minerals and elements in your water. The units are filled with resin beads or other materials that, when water is pumped through them, trap the hard elements and exchange them for potassium and sodium. This process is known as ion exchange, exchanging hard water ions for soft water ions.

Once the resin beads are full of calcium and magnesium, they are rinsed with a salt or potassium brine solution that removes the hard elements and flushes them through the waste drain and out of the system entirely. This process is known as regeneration. 

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Hard or soft water is determined by the amount of hard minerals in your water. Hard water contains higher levels of minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium. Soft water contains much lower levels of hard minerals, but may contain higher levels of gentler elements like potassium and sodium.

Hard water can cause mineral buildup inside of the pipes, appliances, and hot water heater in your home. It also tends to leave spots on glassware and soap scum in sinks, bathtubs, showers, and washing machines. 

Do I Need a Water Softener?

The hardness of your water can help determine whether water softening would benefit you and your home. Most water sources in Utah tend to be high in calcium and magnesium, and so many homeowners in Utah choose to install water softeners to help counteract the negative impacts of hard water. If you have a layer of calcium buildup on your showerhead and faucets, that’s a sure sign that you have hard water. Your home could significantly benefit from a water softener. Softening your water can have many benefits, including:

  • Lengthens the life of appliances
  • Leads to softer skin and hair
  • Prevents mineral buildup inside of hot water heaters, pipes, and fixtures
  • Easier to clean sinks, tubs, and showers
  • Reduces discoloration, funny tastes, and odors in water 

Clear Waters Flowing Is Here

At Clear Waters Flowing, we understand the need for having clean water free from excessive minerals and elements for you and your family. That’s why we provide whole-home water filtration systems, complete with installation. We offer residential water softeners, water filters, reverse osmosis systems, and chemical-free water conditioners. We serve clients across Southern Utah, including St. George, Washington, Hurricane, Cedar City, Kanab, and more. Let us help you get set up with a water softener in your home. Contact us today for a free quote!