Hard water is water with high concentrations of minerals like calcium and magnesium. While the water is safe to consume, those minerals can wreak havoc on your building’s plumbing and appliances over time. The solution to hard water is to install a commercial water softener. But what is a commercial water softener, and how does one work? Continue reading to find out.
How does a commercial water softener work?
Water softeners eliminate calcium, magnesium and other minerals from hard water using a process called ion exchange. When hard water enters a mineral tank, it flows through a bed of resin beads. These spherical beads are made of polystyrene plastic and are negatively charged with a sodium ion.
The positively charged minerals in hard water pass through the resin beads, where the beads essentially grab the minerals and remove them from the water. After treatment, the water flowing out of your business’ faucets is soft and free of all those harmful contaminants.
Commercial water softener components
Now that you know what a commercial water softener is and does, let’s discuss the components of each system. Here are the three main aspects that ensure your building always has soft water:
- Mineral tank: The mineral tank is where the magic happens—it’s the chamber where the hard water is actually softened. Fresh water feeds into the tank, where the water seeps through the resin beads and deposits the calcium and magnesium ions.
- Control valve: The control valve is responsible for measuring the amount of water that passes through the tank and into your building. As the resin beads absorb more and more ions, they become less and less effective. Once the meter inside the valve senses that the beads are too hard, the system initiates a regeneration cycle that essentially cleans the beads of all contaminants.
- Brine tank: Each softener has a brine tank adjacent to the mineral tank. This tank holds water with a high salt concentration that is used to restore the resin beads’ charge during regeneration. When the system determines that the resin beads are losing their softening ability, the brine tank empties into the mineral tank to refresh the beads.
What’s the difference between commercial and residential water softeners?
The process for a residential water softener is essentially the same as for a commercial water softener. The main differences between the two systems are that commercial softeners are larger and regenerate more frequently. Soft water is not available during regeneration, so it typically takes place at night when a business doesn’t need soft water.
Does your business need a commercial water softener?
Whether you run a medical facility, laboratory, restaurant, car wash, laundromat or any other type of business, it makes sense to invest in a commercial water softener. The right system will ensure the purity and consistency of your products, prolong the lifespan of your appliances, reduce your energy bills and keep your plumbing free of harmful contaminants.
Contact Ultra Pure Water Technologies, LLC to get a quote for a new system or to ask more questions about how a commercial water softener works. From water softener design and installation to maintenance and repairs, we’re your go-to team for all of your commercial water softener needs.
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