Water softeners remove minerals from your water supply through the ion exchange process. Why is it important to remove hard water from your home? Because it will weaken, erode, and destroy your plumbing and other appliances in your home that rely on hot water. The minerals found in your water supply will form a buildup of scale in your appliances and the pipes in your plumbing, which will make reduce your water pressure and make everything less effective.
What is the ion exchange process? It’s how your water softener removes calcium and magnesium from your water supplies. When the hard water enters your mineral tank, it passes through a bed of resin beads. The resin is charged with a sodium ion. The negative charge of the hard minerals will react to the positive charge of the resin by cling to beads. The resin removes the minerals from the water and the sodium ion is released into your water supply.