How a Softener Works

What’s actually softening your water are thousands of tiny resin beads within the tank that filter out the calcium and magnesium. The salt simply is what cleans the resin beads during a regeneration cycle, allowing the system to continually remove hardness from your water supply.

Softening cycle

During the softening cycle, hard water flows from the main water pipe into the water softener. The hard water passes through a resin (or mineral) tank made up of resin beads that have a negative charge. As the water passes through, each bead attracts and holds the calcium and magnesium, which have a positive charge. The now softened water then flows from the water softener to the rest of the house.

Regeneration cycle

Eventually the resin beads become coated with calcium or magnesium ions. At this point, the water softener needs to replenish the beads with sodium ions. This process, called “regeneration,” occurs when the resin beads are washed with a strong salt-water solution. The sodium forces the calcium and magnesium ions to be released and discharged as waste, and the beads are ready to collect the calcium and magnesium ions again.

 

  • Water softener resin regeneration diagram
  • Water softener resin regneration diagram

Testimonials

  • The kids love the clear ice-cubes!

    Chris - Des Moines, IA

  • They responded right away, installation was neat and tidy.  We are very pleased with the service.

    Larry - West Des Moines, IA

  • We love our soft water.  The installer was very professional and courteous.

    Charles - Norwalk, IA

  • Best bottled water ever!

    Allison - Des Moines, IA

  • My hair is super clean with super soft skin. My skin does not burn from the chlorine like it did before. It is even more fun to wash your hands, soaps are more fragrant, it is like soft water makes them blossom!! Also, here is no buildup in the stools, cleaning is made easier!!!

    Susan - West Des Moines, IA

  • You can tell a huge difference! You use much less soap and it makes your face feel softer and smoother after washing. We love it!!

    Nancy - Ankeny, IA

  • The service we have received has been outstanding the servicemen most helpful and courteous.

    Mary Lou - West Des Moines, IA

  • Follow-up and service on my softener was great, much better than my previous provider!

    Erin - Van Meter, IA

  • Great quality work and took the time to explain things to us after the installation of the water treatment equipment.  These efforts are genuinely appreciated.

    Doug - Ankeny, IA

  • Thank you for having such a fine employees and making such a good product available to us.

    Don - West Des Moines

  • This thing is awesome!! I could not live without it. Mike, installer of the equipment, is the best. He always comes wearing a smile.

    Diane - Johnston, IA

  • Our water treatment keeps my whites white, and my toilet clean!

    Deb - Elkhart, IA

  • Our clients love our bottle-less water cooler from Crystal Clear Water.  The water tastes great and it has been completely hassle-free!

    Amy (Dale Carnegie Training) - West Des Moines, IA

  • We appreciate the great service, I have never had soft water before but I can definitely tell the difference!

    Brian - Ankeny, IA

  • My softener is wonderful, I wish I would have done it a long time ago.

    Brenda - Urbandale, IA

  • They answered all of our questions about our drinking water system and were very informative. I would highly recommend Crystal Clear Water!!

    Angela - Mitchellville, IA

  • I have been very pleased with the customer service over the last 7 years.

    Angi - Ankeny, IA