Certain parts of Canada contain some of the hardest water in the world. This is why it is often necessary to install a water softening system into a home. Here is a closer look at the benefits of softening water and how to install a system inside of the home.
The Effects Of Hard Water
Hard water is contaminated with the Earth's minerals. They can have a negative effect on the home. Hard water makes a scale that builds on the sinks, bathtubs, or anywhere that water contacts. This can get expensive to clean because extra soap is necessary for the hair, dishes, and other items. When hard water goes untreated, it can cause stains to develop on plumbing. Also, the scale deposits build and block pipes. It can also cause harm to major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and hot water heaters. Efficiency is lost and energy bills will increase.
What A Water Softener System Will Accomplish
A water softener system will correct hard water problems. It softens the water by taking away magnesium and calcium deposits. It can extend the life of appliances by over 20 percent.
How A Water Softening System Works
A softener is filled with beads of resin. They are covered with sodium ions. When hard water comes through, the beads attract the minerals that make the water hard. After some time, the beads become saturated and need to be recharged. This regeneration takes place through the control valve. To regulate the unit, a brine solution is flushed through the tank, returning the sodium ions back to normal. The brine also takes away the displaced calcium and magnesium.
How To Install A Soft Water System
A soft water system may either be professionally installed or done as a DIY project. The first step is to select a system and a location for it. The water must be shut off and the main water lines must be drained. It is also necessary to shut off the water heater valve. New water lines will need to be connected. A remote bypass will be helpful to let water enter the softener or totally bypass the system. After all things are properly sealed, the power and main water line can be turned back on. The water heater valves should be opened and examined for leaks. Then, the drain line and brine line will need to be installed as well. A draw tube will need to be connected to the overflow valve on the brine tank. The brine tank must be filled with salt below the top of the well. This level must be checked frequently. The unit should be ran for a few minutes to clear away resin and other buildup. The timer should be set to run a rinse cycle at an odd time of day.
To make things easier, it may be helpful to have a water softener installed inside the home. This will eliminate stains and buildup that is created from mineral accumulation. In the end, a homeowner will save great time and money.