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Soften Your Water for Better Living & Process!

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How a Water Softener Works

The tall softener tank contains special resin beads whose surfaces attract hardness “ions.” These particles cling to the resin’s surface and stay there until they are flushed down a drain during the regeneration process.

The regeneration cycle performs an “ion exchange.” It is the simplest and most natural means to soften water. Unwanted minerals are removed from water without using chemicals. You’ll feel the difference with your first bath or shower!

Why Soft Water is Better

Water hardness is actually dissolved rock! Calcium and Magnesium can cause scale build-up in pipes and hot water tanks, and cause laundry to come out stiff and gray. When iron is present, sinks, fixtures and clothes can be stained or ruined. It takes more energy and cost to heat hard water, plus you can use twice the amount of soaps, detergents, shampoos and related products compared to soft water.

Soft water can prevent soap build up and can give skin and hair a silky look and feel. Clothes are brighter and last longer without deposits trapped in their fabric. Water pipes and appliances run more efficiently without scaling.

The Regeneration Cycle

After a period of time, the resin beads need to be “regenerated.” A brine solution saturates the resin tank and drives off the hardness particles collected on the resin beads. This is how it works:
Backwash: The control valve directs a reverse flow of water through the resin tank, separating the resin beads and flushing any accumulated particles to a drain.
Brine & Rinse: The control valve directs the brine solution (from the short salt storage tank) downward through the mineral tank, driving off collected hardness ions and replenishing the resin beads with sodium ions. The tank is then rinsed to remove excess brine from the resin tank.
Brine Refill: Fresh water is put into the salt storage tank to create a new brine solution for the next regeneration.
Service: The control valve returns to its normal operating position to convert hard water into luxurious soft water.

The Many Benefits of Conditioned Water!

Protects Plumbing & Fixtures“If left untreated over time, hard water can calcify, causing damage to plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Skin is Softer and Smooth (say goodbye to dry skin)“Skin sites treated under conditions of hard, 11 grain water were significantly drier, had more erythema, and were less hydrated than corresponding sites treated with deionized zero grain water.” (Source: Journal of American Academic Dermatology; 1996 Dec;35(6):337-43.)
Cleaner and Brighter Laundry & Less Wear on Clothes“When the water is very hard, it may be necessary to add one-half cup of a packaged water conditioner�along with the laundry detergent. Likewise, it may be necessary to install a mechanical water softener for good results.
Shiny & More Manageable Hair“When the water is very hard, it may be necessary to add one-half cup of a packaged water conditioner�along with the laundry detergent. Likewise, it may be necessary to install a mechanical water softener for good results.
Dishes & Glassware Sparkle & Shine“Hard water is most likely the culprit when it comes to unsightly, cloudy glasses�One solution you might consider is having a water-softening system installed in your home.
Hot Water Heaters Definitely Lasts Longer“The minerals in hard water gradually settle, forming a hard-scale surface. This scale eventually will clog pipes and diminish the efficiency of toilets, water heaters, etc. The negative effects of hard water can be reversed by use of softened water.” (Source: On The House With The Carey Brothers,
Save 75% or More on Soaps and Detergents“Water softening systems: This is where homeowners can see a huge difference. Clothes can last 33% longer, with up to 80% savings on soap and cleaning aids, and up to 75% savings from wear and tear on plumbing and appliances.
Healthy Water Free of Harmful Contaminants Such as Chlorine, Lead, Copper, Mercury & PesticidesAccording to a National Gallup Poll commissioned by the EPA in 2003, the most common reason cited by respondents for treating tap water was “health concerns.”
Drinks and Meals Taste Better“I don’t mess with filters, I don’t haul heavy water bottles, and I don’t buy bags of ice. I enjoy clean water from my Rayne RO Unit right at my sink and directly to my icemaker and have since 1962.” (Cerisse I., Phoenix, AZ)
Refill Your own BottlesAmericans spent nearly 9.2 billion dollars on bottled water in 2004 (Source: Beverage Marketing Corporation).
No Heavy Water Bottles to Buy or LiftThe US bottled-water industry is less regulated than municipal drinking water�Certain bottlers simply fill their bottles with city drinking water, thus producing “bottled water”. (Source: US FDA)
Use your water in your Humidifiers, Aquariums, Car Batteries & Steam Irons“Failure to keep (your humidifier) clean from mineral deposits normally contained in any water supply will affect the efficiency of operation of this unit.” (Source: Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier Manual)
Great tasting water to make your Ice Cubes“I used to rush and finish my drinks before my ice cubes melted. Since installing my Perfect Clear Water RO system to my ice cube maker, my drinks taste great again!” (Martin Harris., Cincinnati, OH, customer since 1992)

SOFT WATER BENEFITS

Cleaner, softer laundry Brighter Brights and Whiter Whites Longer lasting fabrics

Use up to 80% less detergent- including dish and hand soaps
Tubs and Showers are easier to clean- virtually eliminates soap scum, bath rings, stained drains and dingy tiles.
Reduces streaks and spots on glasses / dishware and white residue build-up in dishwasher.
Soap lathers better, rinses cleaner – For noticeably smoother, softer Skin
Shinier – Silkier, more manageable hair
New study suggests using a Water Softener and RO reduces greenhouse gasses in an amount equal to removing 1 1/3 cars off the road for an entire year!
What is Water Hardness?

Hardness is caused by high concentrations of specific minerals such as calcium and magnesium (dissolved rock) in water. They make their way into our water supply when our rivers, lakes and other water sources pass over soft rocks, which are easily dissolved and eroded over time. The water in most eastern cities pass over harder rocks that do not dissolve as easily. This is why certain regional areas have a larger hard water problem than others.

Effects of Hard Water:

  • Soap scum buildup on bath fixtures and tub. Soap reacts with hard water minerals leaving an ugly white residue which is difficult to remove.
  • Shampoos and soaps won’t lather causing soap buildup in hair and clogged skin pores. The results are dry, dull lifeless looking hair and skin.
  • Hard water spotting on glasses and dishes – white residue build-up in dishwasher.
  • More detergent is needed to get laundry clean. Clothes lose their brightness and whites go gray.
  • The high concentration of minerals in hard water causes a lime scale buildup in household pipelines. This buildup of scale slows down water flow and could eventually clog the pipes altogether.
  • This lime scale also builds up in household appliances such as water heaters and washing machines, dramatically reducing the life of these expensive items.
  • Water with a high concentration of minerals is a poor conductor of heat, so energy consumption in areas with hard water is much higher. Electric and gas heaters can consume up to 30% more than in soft water areas.

Less Soap

Less Scum

Less Time
Spent Cleaning!

What Makes Water Hard?

How hard is your water?

What is hard water?

Water is hard when it contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. You may see staining on your sinks, tubs, showers, and clothing, build-up on your glassware, and even damage due to scale in your pipes and appliances. You may also notice less lather from your shampoos and soaps and even a feeling of film on your skin. All these are symptoms of the need for softened water.

Water is softened or conditioned by replacing hard ions like calcium and magnesium with softer sodium or potassium ions. Water conditioners/softeners must be regenerated regularly, renewing their ability to remove hardness from water. Time-initiated or solid state conditioners regenerate at a fixed time when their softening capacity is predicted to be low. Demand-initiated conditioners regenerate automatically when they sense their capacity is low.

A couple of ways for you to find out how hard your water is, would be to have it tested locally at your local public health department, or you can call us and we will gladly test it for you free, even if you decide to purchase your conditioner/softener elsewhere!

We will test your sample for hardness, Iron, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and chlorine, and give you the results on the spot.

Classification mg/l or ppm grains/gal
Soft 0 – 17.1 0 – 1
Slightly hard 17.1 – 60 1 – 3.5
Moderately hard 60 – 120 3.5 – 7.0
Hard 120 – 180 7.0 – 10.5
Very Hard 180 and over 10.5 and over

Why condition/soften my water?

Soft water greatly reduces the scaling of pipes, faucets, and bath fixtures, and reduces spotting of glasses, dishes and flatware. Soft water also helps detergent clean your clothes better, while making your clothes last longer too!

You can reduce your laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, hand soap and shampoo to half what you would normally use, not to mention soft water is much more pleasant to wash with, leaving less soap scum on you, and your tub/shower.

Why should hard water concern me?

For many uses, it would not matter. For instance, to put out fires, water your lawn, wash the mud off the streets or float your boat, water would have to be pretty hard to cause a problem. But for bathing, washing dishes and clothes, shaving, washing your car and many other uses of water, hard water is not as efficient or convenient as “soft water.”

For instance, you use only 1/2 as much soap cleaning with conditioned/soft water because hard water and soap combine to form “soap scum” that can’t be rinsed off, forming a bathtub ring on all surfaces and dries leaving unsightly spots on your dishes. When hard water is heated, the hardness minerals are re-crystallized to form hardness scale. This scale can plug your pipes and hot water heater, causing premature failure, necessitating costly replacement.

Soap scum remains on your skin even after rinsing, clogging the pores of your skin and coating every hair on your body. This crud can serve as a home for bacteria, causing diaper rash, minor skin irritation and skin that continually itches. For many industrial uses, the hardness minerals interfere with the process, causing inferior product.

Contact PWC For further query.

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