Water Softeners

Water Softeners


If you notice that you have to use a lot of soap, detergent, or shampoo to get things clean, then you probably have “hardness” issues. A water softener can help by removing those ions.

Why should I use a water softener?

If you have noticed a film in your shower or on your dishes you have “hard” water.  Hard water occurs when your water has too much calcium or magnesium and the soap you are using does not completely dissolve leaving behind a film. Calcium and magnesium contain positively charged ions that cause your soap and hair to fall flat. These minerals can also cause buildup within your pipes. If left untreated, you could see reduced water flow to showers, taps and various household appliances.

What is a water softener?


A water softener is a household appliance that is plumbed into your home’s water supply system. The general idea behind a softener is that water flows thru the appliance trading ‘hard” water for softer water that will not leave behind a filmy residue and leave items cleaner.

How do water softeners work?

Minerals like calcium and magnesium carry a positive charge. The excess positive ions cause soaps and detergents to lose their effectiveness. You will find yourself using more soap and things will never get as clean because of the soap film being left behind. Adding a water softener will exchange the positive ions found in minerals like calcium, magnesium with negatively charged ions giving your water a softer feel. You will be able to clean more using less soap and detergent; ultimately saving you time and money.

What does it mean to regenerate a water softener?

The resin beads responsible for substituting the negative charge in the water need to be cleaned of the excess calcium and magnesium. This happens when the water softener regenerates.The resin beads are cleaned of the ions and recharged with sodium ions from the brine water solution in the salt tank.If you notice your hair falling flat, your clothing not coming clean or spots on your dishes, get the help of a plumber near Alexandria MN. Contact Koegel Plumbing & Heating Solutions with your projects or questions today!