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FAQ

Why do I need a water softener? Is something wrong with my water?

Most water contains more than water.

Almost all of the water found in the U.S. is hard water. Hard water is water that is contaminated with dissolved minerals – like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, lead and limestone – that can have a negative impact on you, your household and your pocketbook. Depending on where you live, contaminants from sewage, industrial waste and agricultural run-off can also seep into your water supply.

Hard water produces scale.

Hard Water Build-UpIf there are stains or buildup on your sinks and bathtubs … if you have to use large amounts of soap to clean dishes or wash your hair … or if your water tastes or smells odd, you probably have hard water. If left untreated, the minerals in hard water will cause yellow stains on plumbing fixtures and be deposited as scale, eventually clogging plumbing and shortening the life of appliances like washing machines, water heaters and dishwashers. Scale deposits not only cut down on the efficiency of these appliances, they cost you money, increasing both energy and maintenance bills.

Water softeners eliminate the effects of hard water.

They “soften” the water by removing the calcium and magnesium found there, extending the useful life of water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, coffeemakers, humidifiers and household plumbing systems by as much as 30%.

Can I actually feel a difference between hard and soft water?

Soft water makes a difference you can feel and see, all over the house.

In the Bathroom: Your soap and shampoo will lather better. Your hair and skin will feel noticeably cleaner, softer, and not as dry. And there will be no soap scum or mineral deposits to clean off sinks, showers, tubs and toilets.

In the Laundry: Clothes will be softer, cleaner, whiter and brighter. Plus they will last longer. Using soft water and pure soap products increases the life of clothing, towels and linens up to 33%. Without hard water service issues, washing machines last longer, too.

In the Kitchen: Dishes will clean up more easily, and be spot free, without the gray film glasses get when etched by mineral-laden water. Plus hands will feel softer and look better.

Throughout the House: Water-using appliances will last longer and run better. Why? Because hot water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers used with hard water can wear out 30% faster.

How does a water softener work?

Softening water is a 4-step process.
    How A Water Softener Works- Diagram
  1. The body of a water softener is a tank filled with resin beads. These beads are covered with sodium ions. As hard water passes through, the resin beads act like a magnet, attracting the calcium and magnesium ions (hardness) in exchange for the sodium ions.
  2. Eventually the resin beads become saturated with mineral ions and have to be “re-charged.” This process is called regeneration, and is conducted by the control valve on the top of the tank. The control valve is the brain of the system.
  3. During regeneration, a strong brine solution is flushed through the resin tank, bathing the resin beads in a stream of sodium ions which replace the accumulated calcium and magnesium ions (hardness).
  4. The brine solution, carrying the displaced calcium and magnesium ions, is then flushed down the drain by fresh water. The regenerated resin beads can be used again and again.

FYI: Hard water measures from 1 gpg to well in excess of 100 gpg. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends using water not exceeding 7 gpg.

Who makes the best water softener components?

Fleck valves and Structural tanks are the brands you can trust.

The best components make the best softeners. The valve and tank used in your softener are key to its durability and performance. Fleck valves and Structural tanks have been leaders in the water industry for over 50 years. Both have been designed to provide you with the latest technology and highest quality standards possible. The Fleck and Structural brands are part of Pentair Water Treatment, a subsidiary of Pentair, Inc., a multi-billion dollar diversified manufacturer headquartered in Minnesota. Global in scope, Pentair Water Treatment has additional facilities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Belgium, France, Italy, India, Taiwan and China.

Key to the exceptional quality and performance of all our products is our patented piston-seal-spacer technology. This technology has proven so long lasting, we found it still working in a 38-year-old valve in Waveland, Indiana.

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