A short history of water softeners

water softener san diego, water softenersWater softeners have been in existence in one form or another for almost 100 years. They were developed to treat hard water or hardness-a name derived from machinists in the early 20th century complaining that it was hard to make the soap solution used for cooling metals as they were being cut or formed in certain localities. The term soft water as produced by a water softener was used because soft is the opposite of hard.

Today many of the older softening water technologies have become part of history and current water softeners are built around ion exchange resin. This material is usually referred to simply as resin and is made from two materials-styrene (88-92%) and di-vinyl benzene (8-12%).  The components of hardness are primarily calcium and magnesium with the main culprit being calcium which creates scale in water heaters, pipes and appliances along with soap curd rings and poor performance of soaps, detergents and shampoos. Water softeners rely on exchanging calcium and magnesium for a more application friendly material such as sodium or potassium from salt packaged for this application.

The above describes the heart of water softeners with various manufacturers and assemblers utilizing water softener designs to minimize salt and waste water use, provide consumer information through elaborate electronics and employ some distinctive appearance features. Important for the customer when contemplating a water softener purchase is to select one where repair parts are available from more than one source (yes, service is sometimes needed in the expected 15-20 year life of a water softener) and be skeptical of claims for water treatment beyond water softening–most are water softeners and do not cure bacterial issues, remove harmful elements or enhance water  in any way. If it sounds too good to be true than it probably is.

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Do You Need a Water Softener in San Diego?

Southern California has some of the hardest water in the United States. San Diego water travels a long way through soil, rock, sand and piping to reach us and it picks up a lot of excess calcium and magnesium along the way. Straight from the tap, San Diego water contains about 15.4 grains/gallon of excess mineral content.

You may need a water softener in San Diego if you struggle with the following problems:

  • White, crusty scale buildup around faucets, the bottom of tea kettles, etc.
  • Dishes emerge dull and spotted from the dishwasher
  • It takes more soap, shampoo, detergent, etc. to get anything clean
  • Clothes feel scratchy and their colors dull quickly
  • Your skin is dry and itchy
  • Water using-appliances burn out faster

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How to Service a Residential Reverse Osmosis System

Residential Reverse Osmosis System Service Guidelines

As a water treatment professional, it should be our goal to provide services that meet a certain professional standard even though profitability may be be the underlying goal. So before you rush through your next residential reverse osmosis system service call, at least make sure to follow these generally accepted service guidelines.

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Drinking Water Purification

Exactly what impurities are present in drinking water?

In General there is not really such thing as naturally pure drinking water. In nature, almost all drinking water possesses various toxins. Since water passes in rivers, rests in lakes, and filters by way of layers of earth as well as layers of rock in the ground, it disintegrates and absorbs the chemicals which it contacts. Most of these chemicals are usually harmless. In fact, some people choose mineral water specifically due to the vitamins and minerals and for the pleasing taste.

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