Water Softener Services for Midwest
At Midwest Plumbing, we will sample the water in your home to determine if there is a problem and then design the appropriate water treatment system to remedy the problem. Proper design, installation, and maintenance is important because your water must have proper filtration and ozone concentrations high enough to maintain an adequate residual in order to treat bacteria and/or viruses.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with soft water). Hard water has high concentrations of Ca2+and Mg2+ions. Hard water is generally not harmful to one's health but can pose serious problems in industrial settings, where water hardness is monitored to avoid costly breakdowns in boilers, cooling towers, and other equipment that handles water. In domestic settings, the hardness of water is often indicated by the non-formation of suds when soap is agitated in the water sample.
How a quality water system will benefit your family:In the kitchen:
- Purer, better tasting filtered drinking water at your tap eliminates the need for expensive bottled water from the store or delivered to your home
- Purified water improves the taste of juice, coffee and soup
- Ice cubes will be clearer and harder
- Dishes and china will sparkle, using less dish soap
- Clean coffee maker with no scale or build-up
- Save work scrubbing the kitchen sink, cutting boards and counter tops
- Soap will make great lather
- Conditioned water leaves your skin feeling smoother after showering, shaving and washing
- Hair will be softer and more manageable
- Reduces soap scum and residue buildup on showers, tubs and sinks
- Saves you time and money by reducing scrubbing time in the bathroom and reducing soap, shampoo and bathroom cleaner usage by nearly 50%
- Increases water heater efficiency by almost 30%, and extends the water heater life by many years
- Improves water flow and pressure by eliminating calcium buildup in pipes
- Reduce mineral stains and odors on clothing and on plumbing fixtures
- Clothes and linens are cleaner, brighter, softer and last longer
- Adds life to dishwashers and washing machines
- Cut down on laundry detergent and fabric softener use by 50%, saving you money
How Does a Water Softener Work?
Ion Exchange water softeners are simple in function. We don’t have to understand everything about ion exchange to understand how a softener works. When calcium and magnesium ions run through the resin bed in a softener the sodium ions that are attached to the resin trade places with the calcium and magnesium ions thus “softening” the water.
Eventually, all of the sodium ions have been exchanged for calcium ions and the softener needs to be regenerated that is, the resin bed has to be washed out. The softener rinses the bed then draws a heavily sodium saturated solution out of the brine tank . The sodium ions displace the hard water ions and attach themselves to the resin and it is ready to exchange ions with the next batch of water.
Hardness vs Capacity
- The harder the water, the sooner a softener will need to regenerate.
- We install 23,000 grain softeners. This means that the softener can remove 32,000 grains of hardness before it will need to regenerate the resin bed.
- If a home has a 20 gpg water it will be able to soften 1600 gallons before the resin bed is depleted.
- Since our softeners are set to regenerate during the night they will not begin a regen cycle until the 2 am set time. If the softener becomes depleted during the day the water will go hard until the 2 am regen.
- This is why we set the capacity at 80% of 32,000. This way, the softener will initiate a regen while it still has some capacity left.
- It is vital that every installation be tested so we know how hard the water actually is.
The Logical Choice
MidWest Plumbing Platinum Series water softener brings homeowners the best choice, and the logical choice in residential water treatment systems, featuring control valves by GE. If you’re looking for high performance, high efficiency and dependable operation, we’ve got the system for you. Our new controller sets the standard for achieving superior water treatment for you and your family.
For even more information, please view our Water Softener Brochure (pdf).