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Water Softener 101: Why You Should Have One and How They Work

Nearly 85 percent of American homes suffer the effects of hard water. However, when it comes to hard water, you do have a choice.
Here are five things you should know about buying or renting water softening equipment:

Water softening equipment removes minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, from your water.
    While magnesium is important — every cell of every living thing needs magnesium to function — having it in your water can lead to problems:
• Film and stains on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs, sinks, and faucets
• Dry skin and sticky, dull hair
• Lifeless, itchy clothes
• Decreased efficiency of your appliances and more frequent breakdowns
• An increase in the amount of soap and detergent needed for cleaning

Soften hard water with a process called ion exchange
    The best way to soften hard water is to purchase and install a water softener. These machines work as ion exchange systems to remove dissolved minerals.
    Ion exchange occurs when hard water riddled with calcium and magnesium runs through a bed of resin beads covered with sodium or potassium ions. The water flows through the beads, the calcium and magnesium ions are removed, and the hard water becomes soft.

Ion exchange softeners need salt
to recharge resin beads
    Over time, your softener’s resin beads will need to regenerate, which means salt will need to be added to the brine tank.
    A delivery program makes salt delivery and filling simple. Just call your local water company dealership. They will assess your salt usage so your deliveryman can deliver the salt you need, when you need it.
Water equipment needs regular inspections for optimal results
    Your water softener will occasionally need to be inspected for water levels and salt levels, as well as checked for leaks. With every salt delivery, your Culligan Man will do just that, in addition to checking the time setting.
    Of course, all remaining salt bags will be stacked neatly, and empty bags will be properly discarded.

A water softener can save you money
    Having soft water can save you money on everything from body lotion and laundry detergent to dish soap and appliance repair.
    By reducing the hardness of your water, you can experience the following benefits:
• Use less soap when bathing, laundering, and cleaning, since soft water increases soap lather
• Reduce sticky soap residue and film on skin, hair, clothes, and dishes
• Significantly decrease scale buildup in plumbing and appliances, ensuring efficient operation and increasing their lifespan
• Lower energy consumption and cost by improving water flow in your pipes and reducing scale buildup in water heaters
• Eliminate mineral-derived odors in your home
• Generally make household cleaning and maintenance easier and more cost effective

    Better water is one call away. Get started with a free water test from your local Culligan Man.

    For more information, you may contact Tarvin’s Culligan of Bloomington at 309-663-4400. They are a locally owned company that has serviced the area for over 75 years with an array of quality water treatment and purification technology along with their premium bottled water service. Culligan is sure to have the perfect solution for your water treatment needs.


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