The body of a water softener is a tank filled with resin beads; these beads are covered with sodium ions. As hard water passes through, the resin beads act like a magnet, attracting the calcium and magnesium ions (hardness) in exchange for the sodium ions. Eventually the resin beads become saturated with mineral ions and have to be “recharged.” This process is called regeneration and is conducted by the control valve on the top of the tank. The control valve is the brain of the system.
Fluid Dynamics salt-free water conditioners protect the environment from harm
The owners of a new 82-room facility were looking for an alternative to the conventional methods they had been using to prevent scale buildup at their other hotels. For example, at a similar-sized property. $300 to $400 per month were being spent on salt for an ion exchange water softener. This Candlewood Suites has three water heaters, and it was specifically water heaters that had caused the owners significant problems at their other properties.
In my first article, “Traditional Treatment Methods” (June 2014), I touched on traditional methods of residential water treatment and conditioning such as water softeners, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet systems.
Study finds success with alternative water conditioning systems
Market research completed for the water softener markets in China, Mexico and India