How A Water Softener Works

Cutting edge design, built for every day. With nine patents obtained and more on the way, Hague doesn’t just engineer soft water, we guarantee it. Here’s how it works.

Water Glass Hard water


Hard water is tough on your appliances, skin, hair and your daily routine. It’s defined by how much calcium and magnesium your water contains. The white residue they leave behind can build up in your pipes, shorten your appliances’ lifespan, add to your weekly cleaning ritual, increase your utility bills and repair costs, and act tough on your skin and hair.


Crafted by science. Made for every day. Water softeners from Hague are packed with resin beads, meaning your hard water flows through the resin and—in a process called ion exchange—trades places with sodium ions via the resin beads. So, you get soft water for your whole family, everywhere in your home. But that’s not the end of our journey.

WaterMax CutAway
Ion Exchange


Maintenance is now on us. With the Hague WaterMax®, you never have to change the dirt and sediment filter—ever. We make that possible through a process called regeneration, consisting of four cycles: Backwash, Brine/Rinse, a second Backwash, and Refill. No need to worry—this process uses less water than it takes to fill the average bathtub.

The Backwash Cycle: The valve reverses water flow into the tank in order to flush out the sediment filter of excess dirt and debris.

The Brine Rinse Cycle: A slow process where a concentrated brine solution is pumped into the mineral tank, forcing the minerals off of the media, cleaning it of hardness. Then it transitions to a rinse cycle to remove traces of sodium.

Second Backwash Cycle: The valve reverses water flow again for an additional rinse to remove any leftover brine solution.

The Refill Cycle: The brine tank is refilled with treated, soft water ready for the next regeneration cycle to begin.


When it comes to water softeners, bigger does not mean better. Hague softeners use a fine mesh resin—which means that our smaller beads provide more surface area to soften your water more efficiently. This resin is vacuum-packed to allow maximum capacity in a minimal space. Plus, our patented Directional Flow Screens help ensure that no resin bead goes unused. Our screens and built-in dirt and sediment filter also protect the resin bed, so no space is wasted.