WATER SOFTENERS & WATER TESTING IN TWIN FALLS





WHAT IS A WATER SOFTENER?


To explain what a water softener does, we have to first explain what “hard” water is. The “hardness” of water is measured by the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. The higher the levels of these minerals are, the “harder” the water is. You may have felt the effects of hard water, literally, the last time you washed your hands.

A water softener is a filtration system that helps reduce the amounts of minerals in your water that can lead to long-term problems in your plumbing.

Too much calcium and magnesium in your water are not typically considered a health hazard. However, these minerals can be a nuisance. Hard water may have an unpleasant taste. The minerals in hard water may also interfere with the effectiveness of your soaps and detergents or leave visible deposits behind on your fixtures. Over time, these minerals can also build up inside your pipes or plumbing fixtures. If the build-up gets severe enough, your overall plumbing efficiency will be negatively impacted.


HOW DOES A WATER SOFTENER WORK?


It’s a common misconception that the salt in a water softener is what removes excess minerals. There are actually thousands of small resin beads inside the tank of a water softener that trap minerals in process of chemical exchange. It is not the salt or the beads alone that catch the minerals, but both of them together. Salt does play an important role in keeping things running smoothly by “recharging” the resin beads.

Here’s how a standard water softener operates.

    1. Hard water is drawn up into your home’s water softener. This water may be from a well, a main water pipe, or some other water source.
    2. The thousands of small resin beads inside the softener attract and “hold” the minerals, removing them from your water supply.
    3. Softened water then flows out from the tank into the other plumbing around your home.



Clean water dripping from a sink after servicing by First Choice Water and Plumbing in Twin Falls, ID
Water softener installed in a home by First Choice Water and Plumbing in Twin Falls, ID

HOW DOES A WATER SOFTENER RECHARGE?


During a water softening cycle, sodium resting on the resin beads is exchanged with the other minerals in hard water. This process traps hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium in the beads. Eventually, the resin beads need to be rinsed and “recharged.” This process of rinsing and recharging is called the water softener regeneration cycle. It’s the reason why people add salt to their water softeners.

A water softener is a filtration system that helps reduce the amounts of minerals in your water that can lead to long-term problems in your plumbing.

Here’s how a standard water softener recharges.
    1. A strong salt-water solution is made by adding salt to the softener. The “brine” then flows through the tank of resin beads, rinsing them and exchanging sodium for the hard water minerals once more.
    2. The brine is flushed out of the tank and down a nearby drain.
    3. Afterward, the resin beads are once again ready to trap hard water minerals! It takes about two hours for a water softener regeneration cycle. It is recommended that you do not use water during this time to prevent hard water deposits from forming inside the tank.

    It takes about two hours for a water softener regeneration cycle. It is recommended that you do not use water during this time to prevent hard water deposits from forming inside the tank.


WATER SOFTENER INSTALLATIONS IN TWIN FALLS


Save 35% or more versus local competition! The minerals in your water can have adverse effects on your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and household appliances. First Choice Water and Plumbing in Twin Falls performs water softener installation services as well as routine water softener maintenance. You can rest easy knowing your machines can keep doing the jobs they were meant to do!

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Clean water dripping from a sink after servicing by First Choice Water and Plumbing in Twin Falls, ID

Water softener installed in a home by First Choice Water and Plumbing in Twin Falls, ID

IMX SERIES WATER SOFTENERS


Water Treatment Made Easy

  • Fully programmable to meet your exact water condition.
  • Large capacity salt storage tank to minimize replacement.
  • A stepped shelf keeps debris away from internal components.
  • A safety brine valve prevents a messy salt tank overflow.
  • All corrosion-proof construction.
  • 5-year control valve warranty and 10-year resin tank warranty.
  • Rain covers are available for outdoor installations.
  • Easy to operate bypass valve provides a way to bypass the softener during maintenance.


  • WATER TESTING & WATER TREATMENT


    First Choice Water and Plumbing performs state-of-the-art water testing to make sure that your home's water supply is safe.

    Having your water tested allows you to know if there are contaminants in your drinking water supply. Knowing which contaminants, if any, are present then allows you to find water treatment options to make improvements and ensure you have the healthiest water quality possible! First Choice Water and Plumbing provides iron and Ph water testing onsite with professional UV testing lights.



    Clean water dripping from a sink after servicing by First Choice Water and Plumbing in Twin Falls, ID