Water softening systems are vital for every home and office that uses a modern plumbing system. Otherwise, both occupants and appliances will be negatively affected by the negative effects of hard water. Things like dry skin and dingy hair, as well as, cloudy dishes, poor quality lather, faded laundry, and even high energy and water bills, can become an on-going consequence of not having an operational water softener. Water softeners are unique water conditioning systems because they use ion-exchange technology to trap and expel hard minerals from water. In order to achieve this process, water softening systems are designed to use resin beads.
Continue reading to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about water softener resin beads, including what they do and how.
What are Water Softener Resin Beads?
Water softener resin beads are the ion-exchange media used to implement the ion-exchange process that renders hard water, soft. Also known as sulfonated co-polymer of styrene and divinyl benzene, the most commonly used resin beads in the water softener industry are polystyrene-type gel resin beads, which are primarily Polystyrene and Divinylbenzene (DVB).
How Do Water Softener Resin Beads Work?
A traditional salt-based water softener has a resin tank that houses thousands of tiny resin beads containing electrically-charged ions. When the water softener regenerates, the resin beads fill up with sodium ions that are provided by the softening salt. During the regeneration process, the sodium-filled resin beads attract all the magnesium, calcium, and other hard minerals in water, as it passes through. It then trades them for the sodium ions.
When Does the Resin Need Replaced in a Water Softener?
Resin beds generally last as long as a water softener does, between 10 to 15 years on average. However, they do require periodic maintenance for optimal water softening performance and longevity. Not only must they be cleaned at least twice per year, resin beds call for routine service and inspection from a licensed Indianapolis plumber who specializes in water softeners.
How Do I Know if I There is a Problem With My Unit’s Resin Beads?
To fix a resin bed problem on your own, you can use a chemical iron removal product to clean out the water softener resin bed. See our blog, “How to Diagnose a Resin Bed Problem in Your Water Softener” to learn which signs indicate you have a water softener resin bead malfunction.
Where Can I Get Fast and Affordable Water Softener Service?
Call 317-537-9707 for professional Indianapolis water softener service and repair you can afford. Our licensed contractors have decades of experience in the plumbing and water conditioning industry. Not only will we install your water softener at an affordable price, we will sell you a quality unit too! Call 317-537-9707 to request a free estimate for water softeners, today.