Many people think that salt is added to the water to make it soft. While salt is used in a water softeners, it is not the salt that removes the sticky minerals from the water.
Water softeners systems are a backwash system that uses salt as a regenerating agent. The softening process happens in the filter tank where iron-infused resin beads ionically attract and trap minerals out of the water. The water softening system then uses salt from the brine tank to clean the media in the filtration tank and flushes out the hard minerals. The water softeners that we install are very economical because they operate on a volume-based schedule instead of a timer. Back-washing only happens when it is needed – saving on energy and salt consumption.
Periodic maintenance is required by the homeowner to refill the brine tank with salt as it is depleted – about every 2-3 months, depending on the water usage.