How Water Conditioners Work

Home Water Conditioners Make Good Water Better

Home Water ConditionersHome water conditioners provide homeowners with a touch of everyday luxury that can be experienced and enjoyed throughout the whole house. If you are unfamiliar with the term “hard water,” it generally occurs in areas where the natural water supply is exposed to rock and soil that contains high concentrations of calcium or magnesium. Hard water is so named because, as it travels through the ground to your home, it can dissolve and absorb these “hardness” minerals.

Although the presence of calcium or magnesium is probably imperceptible when you taste, smell, or look at the water, it can make cleaning chores a nightmare and wreak havoc on your water-using appliances. That’s because these hardness minerals react with the properties of cleaning agents like soaps and detergents to form a “hard”-to-clean residue that coats every surface the water comes into contact with. Home water conditioners provide a convenient solution to this problem.

To soften hard water, most home water conditioners utilize a principal called ion exchange, in which the hardness mineral ions (electrically charged atoms) are exchanged for innocuous sodium ions. The result is a significant reduction in the concentration of hardness minerals in the water. The process works like this:

  • As the water enters a home, it is fed into the softener, where it passes over a resin bed made of tiny synthetic beads that hold sodium ions. When the beads encounter calcium or magnesium ions, they release the sodium ions and retain the hardness ions.
  • Home water conditioners must be periodically “backwashed” to recharge the resin beads with sodium ions. Recharging requires the use of sodium chloride, which is loaded into a water-filled tank and dissolves to form brine, which is then used to recharge the system.
  • Automatic water softeners recharge based on anticipated need. Using a sensor to monitor the amount of water processed, the system regenerates as necessary. Timer-operated models are also available.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for a complimentary in-home water hardness and drinking water test, contact a local authorized RainSoft dealer. Your dealer will review the test results with you and help you select an appropriate system from RainSoft’s line of premium home water conditioners. Start enjoying better, softer water today with RainSoft.

Water insights Know Your Water

Whether your water comes from a well or municipally treated source, it may contain impurities that cause it to taste or smell bad or create other problems in your home.

A reliable water analysis is the only way to identify the specific impurities in your water that make it less than ideal for household use.

You can buy a DIY water testing kit, but you’ll get more reliable results and helpful solutions with a complimentary in-home water test from the experts at RainSoft.

Schedule Your Free Water Analysis

Get a free in-home consultation with a RainSoft water conditioning expert.

What’s in your water? A RainSoft test is the first step toward resolving your water woes. We’ll send a water treatment expert to your home to test your tap water, explain the results, and recommend the best solutions to meet your specific needs.

Tap Water
Enjoy your water the way it ought to be, straight from the faucet!

Does your water taste bad? Does it leave a chalky residue on your counters and fixtures? No matter what problems you’re having with your tap water, RainSoft has the perfect solution.

Drinking Water
No more lugging home bottled water from the store!

A RainSoft drinking water system can supply all the healthy and delicious water your family needs, plus help the environment by reducing the number of plastic bottles in the waste stream.

Ice & Water
Imagine the fresh taste of highly filtered water, conveniently delivered from your refrigerator door.

You can have a RainSoft drinking water system plumbed to your refrigerator’s ice and water dispensers to enjoy that crisp, clean taste in slushies and other frozen treats.

Your dishes can go straight from the dishwasher to the cupboard!

A RainSoft water softener can eliminate filmy stains on glassware and utensils, so they look sparkling clean after your dishwasher’s rinse cycle.

Coffee & Tea
You’ll be amazed at how delicious beverages taste when prepared with RainSoft filtered water.

After your RainSoft drinking water system is installed, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in the flavor of coffee, tea, soup and other refreshments prepared with water from your kitchen.

Tub & Shower
Wash away the effects of a hard day without the hassles of hard water.

Enjoy luxurious lather, softer skin, and manageable hair after washing when you have a RainSoft water conditioner installed in your home.

Discover how better water can help keep your bathroom cleaner.

Are there stubborn stains in your sink or crusty deposits on the faucet? RainSoft softened water will help keep your bathroom fixtures sparkling clean.

Prevent hard water from damaging your toilet and bathroom plumbing.

Over time, the limescale buildup caused by hard water can lead to costly plumbing repairs. A RainSoft water conditioner can help prevent premature wear and tear on your toilet.

Enjoy cleaner laundry and potential cost savings with CleanStart® from RainSoft.

With CleanStart® eco-friendly technology, your washer will get clothes clean with no need for harsh detergents and heated water, thus potentially saving you money on soap and energy bills.

Water Heater
A RainSoft water conditioner can help your water heater last longer.

If your home receives hard water, your water heater must work harder, thus potentially cutting its life expectancy and increasing your energy bills. A RainSoft water softener is the solution.

Improve the taste of chilled water and ice with a RainSoft water purifier.

Bottled water just doesn’t measure up to receiving clean, crisp-tasting water right from your refrigerator door. RainSoft can deliver this convenience by plumbing your purifier to your water and ice dispensers.

Are you tired of seeing filmy spots on your dishes after a wash?

Don’t blame your dishwasher. Hard water leaves a residue that’s especially noticeable on glassware. Eliminate the problem with a RainSoft water conditioner.

Coffee Maker
Your favorite coffee will taste even better when prepared with water from a RainSoft purifier.

A RainSoft water purification system will remove the impurities in your water that can affect the flavor of coffee, tea, and lemonade – leaving you with a much-improved taste sensation!

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