Water softeners are the most efficient way to remove hardness from water. Water softeners have two components; a brine tank to hold the salt and a resin tank to hold the resin. This can either be two separate units or one unit, such as an all in one softener, which will have the resin tank and the brine tank as a single unit.
The resin tank holds small, grain like debris. A process called ion exchange occurs as the well water flows through the resin bead. The negative charged molecules, calcium and magnesium, are attracted to the positive bond of the resin. The hardness ions in the water simply trade places with soft ions on the resin beads. The ion exchange process is what results in softened water.
When regeneration beings, a valve will shut off the flow of water. Salt from the brine tank will be filtered in the opposite direction as the water. This will remove the hardness from the resin. Regeneration occurs when the resin beads become covered with hardness ions. This minimizes the resin beads ability to soften water.
When does the brine tank come into the picture? After regeneration, the brine water is drained from the resin tank and is thoroughly rinsed and the process can begin all over again.
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