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How do salt based water softeners work?
Last Updated: 8th March, 2020
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Correspondingly, do salt free water softener systems work?
First, salt-free systems are not true water softeners. Water softener salt removes minerals, including calcium and magnesium — which cause hard water — through a process called ionic exchange and replaces them with soft minerals potassium and sodium.
Beside above, why does a water softener need salt? The Ion Exchange Process Once all the resin gets filled up with hard minerals, it needs to be recharged, and that's when the softener salts go to work. The next time the ion exchange process happens during softening, the sodium molecules are released from the media and travel with the soft water throughout your home.
Similarly, how much salt does a water softener use?
The average family of four with hard water, or levels around 7-10 grains per gallon hardness, will typically use about 10 lbs. of salt each week. This would equal out to about one 40-lb bag of salt each month.
How do you remove salt from softened water?
Minimizing sodium consumption One solution is to use potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride pellets to soften your water. Another option is a reverse osmosis drinking water system installed along with your water softener. Reverse osmosis removes 95%+ of “everything” in the water, including sodium.