Soft water refers to water that contains a low amount of magnesium and calcium ions. This type of water occurs naturally through the rain. The only way of getting rainwater is by collecting it using gutters.
Since soft water from the rain is not enough to satisfy daily needs, it has to derive from hard water. This is done through a process known as water softening. With that said, there are various techniques used in regenerating water softeners in Utah. All Hours Plumbing and HVAC cites some of them.
1. Meter Regeneration
For this type of regeneration, you have your plumber install a meter head valve. This valve releases the softening compound according to the quantity of water used.
This makes it efficient and cost-effective as you only get to use the softening compound when you need it. You also get to have uninterrupted soft and clean water all year through.
2. Timer Regeneration
You will need to use a timer head valve for this. In the case of timer regeneration, the softening compound is added to the water at time intervals preset by you. It is up to you to ensure that your water does not have an excess of the softening mineral.
3. Manual Regeneration
For this type of regeneration, you have total control of when you are going to add the softening mineral and the quantity. You do not get to enjoy the advantage of an automated tracking device. This method is quite cheap as there is no initial capital expenditure. It is only suitable for small amounts of water.
You should know that metered systems are much more expensive to install other than timer systems. They are however more efficient in terms of softening compound usage. Whichever option you go for, you will be fortunate to enjoy the benefits of using soft water in your home.