One of the most valuable investments you can make in your Las Vegas home is a water softener. The water in Vegas is particularly hard - as anyone living in the Valley can attest to. Water is considered "hard" when it contains a high level of dissolved minerals, and in the Las Vegas Valley, the two nontoxic minerals that produce our hard water are calcium and magnesium. Carried into Lake Mead by way of the mineral-rich Colorado River, these elements do not pose a health risk; regardless, there are many reasons you should consider adding a water softening system to your home.
If you have been experiencing staining of surfaces in showers, sinks or other water-centric areas, or if you (or any of your family members) have noticed increased allergic or skin reactions after washing hands or coming out of the shower, it may be time to add a water softener.
Water Softeners Can:
- Eliminate cringe-worthy stains or hard water deposits on tubs and showers
- Eliminate spotting on dishes and glassware
- Help your soap last longer
- Soften up dull and unnecessarily stiff clothes
- Improve the lifespans of your water-using appliances and fixtures
- Help clear up rough, dry and hardened skin
How The Water Softener Works:
- Hard water enters your home from a primary pipe or well, and travels to the softener unit.
- Resin beads in the tank attract and hold on to hard water minerals, effectively removing them from the water.
- Softened water exits the tank and flows to the plumbing throughout the home.
- Resin is cleaned through the regeneration process
The Regeneration Process: A Lesson in Chemistry
Okay, so as we covered already, the water softening cycle involves elements - in this case, sodium - on the resin beads being exchanged for hard water minerals in the water. With the passage of some time, the resin beads need to be rinsed free of the minerals and "recharged" to continue attracting and collecting hard water minerals. This is what's known as the regeneration cycle - and it's why we add salt to water softeners. Over time, the salt dissolves and needs to be replaced. Depending on the water usage in the house, the frequency of replacing the salt and the regeneration process will differ.
When shopping for a water softening solution for your Las Vegas home contact the plumbing experts at Pure Plumbing.