Hard water contains extra minerals that can produce negative effects in your home, such as rusted pipes. Most homes contain hard water unless you install a water softener to negate its effects. Below is an explanation of hard water and how a softening system works.

What Is Hard Water?

water softenerHard water contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium. These substances will show up as water spots on your dishes and silverware, yellow rings around your sink, or faded clothing after washing them. Hard water can cause effects on your body, too. You may notice your skin feeling dry or itchy after you bathe.

High mineral concentrations can also leave deposits in your pipes that build up, causing large clogs that put your plumbing system under extra pressure.

How Does a Water Softener Work?

Water softeners contain resin covered with molecules that work to reduce mineral buildup from hard water. The resin will attract negative calcium and magnesium particles, and the system will then release positive sodium ions into the water that help maintain a balanced electrical charge.

The resin will fill with minerals every few days and renew itself by rinsing with concentrated salt water, or sodium chloride. Every now and then, you will need to add sodium chloride to make sure it has enough to normalize your water and clean itself. After installing a water softener, your hair and skin will feel nourished and your washer and dryer will remove dirt from your clothing more effectively.



If you noticed yellow rings around your sink, contact the team at The Water Source in Dutchess County, NY, for an effective solution. The team has over 25 years of experience supplying and installing innovative water softening systems. From reverse osmosis treatments to water purification solutions, these professionals will ensure that your family has healthy and clean drinking water for years to come. Call (845) 297-1600 to schedule a hard water test or visit them online to learn more about their services.