We all need water. And we’ve found that most people understand that there is a difference between hard water and softened water in Edmond, Deer Creek, Oklahoma City, Norman, Yukon, Midwest City, Moore, Nichols Hills, The Village, and other surrounding Oklahoma areas? Softened water will keep your plumbing, appliances, water heater, fixtures, dishes and shower doors scale free. It will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. And it will help you save money because your water heater and appliances will work more efficiently and you will use fewer detergents and soaps.
Treating Hard Water
Our All-Natural Salt-Free Water Softening Systems treat hard water in two ways:
First, instead of removing calcium like traditional salt softeners, our system chelates (binds) and sequesters (isolates) the calcium ions, preventing them from precipitating out and forming scale. Once bound to the system the mineral cannot form scale.
Second, the softening system also lowers the measured pH of the water to reduce or eliminate scale formation.
Effects of Chelation on Scale Formation
The Salt-Free Water Softeners we install in Edmond, Deer Creek, Oklahoma City, Norman, Yukon, Midwest City, Moore, Nichols Hills, The Village, and other surrounding Oklahoma areas we install use a process called “Chelation” (pronounced key-LAY-shun). Chelation involves the binding, or stabilization, of mineral ions naturally found in hard water. The chelant in our water softener systems create a ring structure to bind the ions to the water softener instead of to other ions, which is what typically causes scale and hard-water deposits.
Our water softener systems stop the mineral ions from causing hard water problems by making the typically troublesome minerals stay apart in the water, so instead of attaching to the metal in the pipes the water passes through. Since they’re bound, those minerals also freely wash away from your body, hair, dishes, pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
Effects of pH on Scale Formation
A primary ingredient in the systems we install is an FDA approved citric acid. Citric acid is a weak organic acid that occurs in fruits and vegetables. It is a natural chelant and preservative, and is used in many foods and soft drinks. The table below has the pH measures of a number of everyday items.
pH is one of the key factors determining whether or not scale will form. pH is the measure of the activity or concentration of hydrogen ions in a solution. Pure water has a pH very close to 7 at room temperature. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic with the acidity increasing as the pH decreases. Solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline.
Our systems naturally decreases the pH of hard water—which is nearly always alkaline—to closer to the neutral range, substantially reducing its potential for scale formation. Since the pH scale is a logarithmic scale (like the Richter scale for earthquakes), even small changes make a big difference. For example, if water measured 7.9 on the pH Scale is decreased to 7.4, it experiences a fifty-fold (50x) decrease in hydrogen ions.
Excel Comfort Services has a water softening system in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore, Yukon, Norman, Midwest City and other surrounding Oklahoma areas for any size of household or business.
If you have any questions, please contact us today!