Remember in our blog post, ‘How Water Softeners Function’, we mentioned the ion exchange process? The ion exchange occurs as the well water flows through the resin beads. The negative charged molecules, calcium and magnesium, are attracted to the positive bond of the resin. The hard ions in the water simply trade places with the soft ions on the resin beads, making the water softened.
The resin beads are actually called zeolites. Zeolites are microporous, aluminosilicate minerals typically used as commercial absorbents. The term zeolite was determined in 1756 by Swedish mineralogist, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt. The word is derived from the Greek word ζέω (zéō), meaning “to boil” and λίθος (líthos), meaning “stone.”
Zeolites can be used for not only softening water but for water purification. In the application of water softening, the ion-exchange replaces the magnesium and calcium ions found in the hard water with sodium ions. In the application of water purification, the ion-exchange removes copper and heavy metal ions from the solution, replaced with ions such as sodium or potassium.
For years, water softening and purification companies have used zeolite or an artificial version of zeolite. Hague Water is committed to providing families with clean water. That is why Hague Water offers a FREE in-home water test! If you are concerned about the water in your home, be sure to reach out to Hague Water. Our team of experts is waiting to hear from you and ready to answer your questions!