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Water Softening

Water Softening Systems

(for your Whole House) and REVERSE OSMOSIS (for your Drinking Water)water softening system

At Priority Response Plumbing, we specialize in and frequently perform Water Softner installations, so you can rest assured that your Water Softner will be installed by an experienced member of our staff. After a Water alalysis survey of your home, we will recommend the best product to assure your water condition.

This will help to produce Longer life of appliances including:

  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Water heaters
  • Less use of household cleaning products such as detergents
  • Personal care products like shampoo
  • Reduction of water spotting
  • Cleaner softer feeling clothes


It’s easy to forget how important water is in our lives. Of course we need it in our diet, but in our homes, it’s a tool — a fluid medium that carries material from one place to the next. And one of the reasons it does this job well is that it’s very good at holding things, either by suspending them or dissolving them. Unlike most tools, though, water doesn’t come with an instruction manual. If it did, you’d know why the dishes you thought were washed are covered with spots when dry, why the water in your shower leaves a film on everything it touches, and why what you thought was clean water has clogged up your plumbing system. A water softening system will help.

How Water Softening Systems

Work Calcium and magnesium ions that cause water hardness can be removed by using an ion exchange procedure.  Water softeners are cation exchange devises. Cations refer to positively charged ions.  Cation exchange involves the replacement of the hardness ion with a non-hardness ion.Softeners use sodium or potassium chloride as the exchange ion.  Sodium or potassium chloride ions are supplied from dissolved sodium chloride salt, also called brine. In the ion exchange process, sodium ions are used to coat an exchange medium in the softener.

water softener

The exchange medium can be natural “zeolites” or synthetic resin beads that resemble wet sand.  As hard water passes through a softener, the calcium and magnesium trade places with sodium ions.  Sodium or potassium chloride ions are held loosely and are easily replaced by calcium and magnesium ions. During this process free sodium ions are released to the water.  After softening a large quantity of hard water the exchange medium becomes coated with calcium and magnesium ions.  When this occurs, the exchange medium must be recharged or regenerated.  To recharge the softener with sodium ions, a softener is back flushed with a salt brine solution.  During a back flush the brine solution replaces the calcium and magnesium ions on the exchange medium with sodium ions from the salt solution.  The time between recharging cycles depends on the hardness of the water, the amount of water used, the size of the unit, and the capacity of the exchange media to remove hardness.



REVERSE OSMOSIS (For your Drinking Water)

About Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis is used to remove dissolved impurities from water through the use of a semi permeable membrane.  Reverse osmosis involves the reversal of flow through a membrane from a high salinity, or concentrated, solution to the high purity, or permeate, stream on the opposite side of the membrane. Pressure is used as the driving force for the separation.  The applied pressure must be in excess of the osmotic pressure of the dissolved contaminants to allow flow across the membrane. For example, the membrane may allow passage of water molecules, but blocks molecules of dissolved salt. The membrane retains unwanted molecules while the ultra-pure water continues on for use or further treatment. This process takes any unwanted molecules retained by the membrane and sweeps them away to the drain.

Water Softening Advantages

Ultra fine filtration at the molecular level filters out 98% of all unwanted molecules. Reverse osmosis removes salt, heavy metals, and most solids.

If you would like mode information on our water softening solutions, give us a call to speak with one of your water softening specialists.

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