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Will my Water Softener Remove Contaminants?

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When in the market for a water softener there are many questions that seem to run through your head. This question is the simplest to answer. Yes a water softener will remove contaminants. Depending on the type of contaminants that are in your water you may need some additional components to work alongside your water softener.

So where does contamination come in? The contaminants come from runoff. As mentioned before there are a few different types of contaminations, which stem from many different parts of our environment.

Physical Contamination

These are the impact of the physical appearance or other physical properties of water. For example sediments, organic materials in lakes, rivers, and streams from soil erosions.

Chemical Contamination

These are contaminants that are elements or compounds that may be natural or man-made. For example bleach, nitrogen, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria or human or animal drugs.

Biological Contamination

These are contaminants or organisms in water, such as microbes or microbiological contaminants. For example bacteria, viruses, protozoan and parasites.

Radiological Contamination

These are contaminants from chemical elements with an unbalanced number of protons and neutrons resulting in unstable atoms that can emit ionizing radiation. For example, cesium, plutonium and uranium.

What contaminants will it remove?

Depending on the type of system you get, depends on the contaminants it will remove. So if you get the Fleck 5600sxt water softener, it will make your hard water soft. Which means the hard water ions are being exchanged through the ion exchange resin. Fleck 5600sxt Iron man series will remove all the hard water ions as well as iron.

Now if you want to remove contaminants you will want to get a water softener along with a carbon tank. Carbon tanks are filled with activated carbon that will remove a wide range of contaminants. It will remove chloramines, chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, organics, most chemicals, most odors, and most tastes.

How are contaminants removed?

How a water softener works depends on how the type of water softener you have for your home. 602abcWater’s Fleck 5600sxt the hard water will flow in from your main water supply line straight into the mineral tank. Once the hard water is in the mineral tank it will run through the resin that is in there and make the hard water soft.

The hard water converts to soft water from a process called the ion exchange. 90% of the ion exchange happens in the interior of the bead. Once in the resin bead, free ions diffuse onto fixed immobile negative exchange sites as they pass through the beads. Mineral salts disassociate into ions in water and are free to exchange with ions of similar charge, these ions are mobile and free to move around. The surface of the polystyrene strands have negatively charged functional groups that attract free positively charged ions.

If you have a carbon tank, this tank will be hooked up before the water softener. So your hard water from the main line will run through the activated carbon and get sucked up into the mineral tank without any contaminants. This hard water will then run through the resin in the mineral tank.

Once the water is soft, it will then be dispersed into your home. Once the capacity of grains have been removed through the mineral tank, the regeneration of the resin beads can begin to take place.

If you have any additional questions please give 602abcWater a call!


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