Water Conditioning System
Improving Water Quality In San Francisco With Water Conditioning Systems
Let Sugar Bear Plumbing Co. take care of your water quality concerns by
installing the appropriate water quality system, such as water softeners
and water filtration devices. Especially if your home or business is dealing
with “hard water”, you’ll want to have a water conditioning
We call water “hard” if it contains a lot of calcium or magnesium
dissolved in it. Hard water causes two problems:
- It can cause “scale” to form on the inside of pipes, water
heaters, tea kettles and so on. The calcium and magnesium precipitate
out of the water and stick to things. The scale doesn’t conduct
heat well and it also reduces the flow through pipes. Eventually, pipes
can become completely clogged.
- It reacts with soap to form a sticky scum, and also reduces the soap’s
ability to lather. Since most of us like to wash with soap, hard water
makes a bath or shower less productive.
The solution to hard water is either to filter the water by distillation
or reverse osmosis to remove the calcium and magnesium, or to use a water
softener. Filtration would be extremely expensive to use for all the water
in a house, so a water softener is usually a less costly solution.
The idea behind a water softener is simple. The calcium and magnesium ions
in the water are replaced with sodium ions. Since sodium does not precipitate
out in pipes or react badly with soap, both of the problems of hard water
are eliminated. To do the ion replacement, the water in the house runs
through a bed of small plastic beads or through a chemical matrix called
zeolite. The beads or zeolite are covered with sodium ions. As the water
flows past the sodium ions, they swap places with the calcium and magnesium
ions. Eventually, the beads or zeolite contain nothing but calcium and
magnesium and no sodium, and at this point they stop softening the water.
It is then time to regenerate the beads or zeolite.
Regeneration involves soaking the beads or zeolite in a stream of sodium
ions. Salt is sodium chloride, so the water softener mixes up a very strong
brine solution and flushes it through the zeolite or beads (this is why
you load up a water softener with salt). The strong brine displaces all
of the calcium and magnesium that has built up in the zeolite or beads
and replaces it again with sodium. The remaining brine plus all of the
calcium and magnesium is flushed out through a drain pipe. Regeneration
can create a lot of salty water, by the way — something like 25
gallons (95 liters).
To learn more about water softening or the other water treatment solutions
our San Francisco plumbing company can provide you, please call Sugar
Bear Plumbing Co. today.
If you are looking for Water Conditioning Systems in San Francisco, please
call us at 415-641-8568 to speak to a Customer Service Representative.