Dissolved minerals, such as calcium and
magnesium compounds, make water hard, affecting
the taste and feel of water, reducing the efficiency and
longevity of plumbing fixtures and rendering soaps
and detergents less effective.
To remove these impurities, the most common
method involves passing the water through a water
softening unit. The water softener includes a resin
tank that is filled with a bed of resin beads and a
brine tank that holds a salt solution.
In a process known as an "ion exchange," the positively charged calcium and magnesium ions in the hard
water pass through the resin bed and exchange places with positively charged sodium ions that are on the
beads. This leaves water that is "softer," meaning the impurities have been removed.
As the resins attract more and more calcium and magnesium minerals, the beads begin to lose the ability to
soften water. At this point, the softener needs to be regenerated. A brine solution is used to flush the calcium
and magnesium minerals from the resin tanks and the beads, enabling the water conditioner to resume its
From sodium-based products to potassium blends, our extensive line of home water conditioning products
helps families enjoy sparkling clear water that's free of damaging impurities. Softened water prevents dry,
itchy skin and increases the efficiency of shampoo and detergents. It also extends the life of plumbing,
fixtures and appliances while improving energy efficiency and reducing costly maintenance and repairs.