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What is a water softener?
The typical water softener is a mechanical appliance that's plumbed into your home's water supply system. All water softeners use the same operating principle: They trade the minerals for something else, in most cases sodium. The process is called ion exchange.
The heart of a water softener is a mineral tank. It's filled with small polystyrene beads, also known as resin or zeolite. The beads carry a negative charge.
Calcium and magnesium in water both carry positive charges. This means that these minerals will cling to the beads as the hard water passes through the mineral tank. Sodium ions also have positive charges, albeit not as strong as the charge on the calcium and magnesium. When a very strong brine solution is flushed through a tank that has beads already saturated with calcium and magnesium, the sheer volume of the sodium ions is enough to drive the calcium and magnesium ions off the beads. Water softeners have a separate brine tank that uses common salt to create this brine solution.
In normal operation, hard water moves into the mineral tank and the calcium and magnesium ions move to the beads, replacing sodium ions. The sodium ions go into the water. Once the beads are saturated with calcium and magnesium, the unit enters a 3-phase regenerating cycle. First, the backwash phase reverses water flow to flush dirt out of the tank. In the recharge phase, the concentrated sodium-rich salt solution is carried from the brine tank through the mineral tank. The sodium collects on the beads, replacing the calcium and magnesium, which go down the drain. Once this phase is over, the mineral tank is flushed of excess brine and the brine tank is refilled.
With the Nimbus Line of Whole House Treatment Systems the benefits will simply delight you. Soft water gives you softer, smoother skin; shinier, silkier hair; fresher, cleaner laundry and sparkling glassware and dishes.
- Soft water will reduce build up and scaling to extend the life of your water heater, water pipes, fixtures and appliances
- Soft water extends the life of clothes and linens and makes them snugly soft.
- Filtered water will allow you to enjoy the benefits of cooking with filtered water from any faucet in your home.
Enjoy a smoother complexion and silky shiny hair without the cost of expensive lotions and conditioners. With a Nimbus water filtration system you will feel great inside and out. This system helps eliminate chlorine, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, herbicides and many other harmful chemicals with a Nimbus 2 in 1 Water Softener and Filter all in one unit you can enjoy the full benefits of a Nimbus whole house system.