How Do Water Softeners Work?

Not all water is created equal. While water may seem to be just one consistency, it is actually considered hard or soft depending on its level of mineral content. Hard water can be damaging to pipes and drainage systems for a variety of reasons, which is why water filtration systems can help remove the minerals from water. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Bay Area, we understand the importance of protecting your pipes, which is why we want to educate you on how water softeners work.

Facts About Hard Water

  1. Water is considered hard or soft depending on its level of mineral content. Hard water contains higher amounts of magnesium, calcium, and other minerals than soft water.
  2. Groundwater acquires minerals by absorbing them from the surrounding soil and rock, and the mineral water is then transferred into pipes when it moves through the drainage system.
  3. Minerals in hard water, such as calcium and magnesium, can interfere with the action of household soap and detergents because they affect soap’s ability to lather and can cause soap to form scum.
  4. The calcium and magnesium in hard water can also form a build up called scale that coats the insides of pipes, water heaters, tea kettles, and coffee makers. Scale reduces water flow in pipes and causes heat to conduct poorly. It can also contribute to water clogs.

How Water Softeners Work

Water softeners work by removing the calcium and magnesium ions from your water and replacing them with sodium. This helps detergents more effectively remove dirt and oils from clothing and dishes and can also have several benefits for the health of your skin and hair. A water filtration system will determine the calcium and magnesium content in your water and remove the harmful chemicals until the water is pure and clean.

For more information on water softening systems, contact our experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Bay Area. Call anytime at 415-459-3266. As your knowledgeable Bay Area plumber, we are happy to assist you with any of your plumbing needs.