Troubleshooting Water Softener Capacity Problems

Design and Operational Impacts

  • 17 October 2023
  • Author: Jeff Lazor
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Troubleshooting Water Softener Capacity Problems

Theoretically, the maximum hardness-removal capacity of a water softener can be calculated from the grains of hardness of the water to be softened, the volume of resin, and the resin capacity expressed in grains/gallon. The actual capacity of a water softener may be impacted by many factors:

Increasing Water System Sustainability - Part 5:

Using Pretreatment Equipment to Remove Problem Causing Impurities

  • 28 March 2023
  • Author: Chem-Aqua, Inc
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Increasing Water System Sustainability - Part 5:

The quality of water entering a boiler, cooling, or process system can have a significant impact on water, energy, and system efficiency. Raw makeup water can come with many different types of impurities, including dissolved and suspended solids, which can lead to energy-robbing scale deposits and equipment-damaging corrosion. Pretreatment equipment removes unwanted impurities from raw makeup water before they can cause problems in industrial water systems.

Chem-Aqua - Your Trusted Water Treatment Partner

  • 21 February 2023
  • Author: Chem-Aqua, Inc
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Chem-Aqua - Your Trusted Water Treatment Partner

For decades, Chem-Aqua has provided custom treatment programs that solve waterside problems and make water systems more efficient. With representation in over 50 countries across the globe, we provide programs for water systems in manufacturing, food and beverage, healthcare, data centers, educational, office, government, and hospitality facilities.

Normalization: Understanding Your RO Membrane Conditions

  • 10 August 2021
  • Author: Robert Lynch
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Normalization: Understanding Your RO Membrane Conditions

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a water treatment technology that separates dissolved contaminants from water by using specially-designed membranes. RO membranes are semi-permeable which only allow “pure” water to permeate through them while removing the vast majority of dissolved solids from the feedwater stream. RO applications can include drinking water production, power generation, steam boiler pretreatment, wastewater treatment, and the manufacturing of beverage, semiconductor, and pharmaceutical products.

How to Properly Size an Industrial Water Softener

  • 3 November 2020
  • Author: Kevin Blake
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How to Properly Size an Industrial Water Softener

Water softeners are ion exchange systems designed to remove scale-forming calcium and magnesium ions prior to boiler, cooling, and reverse osmosis systems. Many different sizes and configurations of softeners are available, with selection based upon factors such as water quality, system demand, and the overall application. In industrial applications, it is imperative that a properly sized softener is selected to ensure that hardness is not allowed to pass to critical system components. Both over and under-sized softeners can result in serious problems due to hard water in these systems.

Understanding Industrial Filtration

A Guide to Media Types

  • 17 September 2019
  • Author: Terra Langley
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Understanding Industrial Filtration

Waters from all over the world may contain suspended solids, microorganisms, and other unwanted contaminants that can cause damage to water systems. Heat exchangers, boiler tubes, cooling tower fill, system piping, etc. can become fouled without proper filtration. This results in a reduction in energy efficiency and increased maintenance repair costs.

How to Calculate Softener Capacity

  • 18 June 2019
  • Author: Chem-Aqua, Inc
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How to Calculate Softener Capacity

Water softeners are ion exchange systems designed to remove scale-forming calcium and magnesium ions prior to boiler, cooling, and reverse osmosis systems. The amount of hardness a softener can remove between regenerations is known as the softener capacity and can be expressed either in grains or in gallons. Capacity is important when sizing, configuring, or troubleshooting a softener.

How Reverse Osmosis Works

From Design to Cleaning

How Reverse Osmosis Works

Reverse osmosis (RO) produces high-purity water for use in many applications, including low and high pressure boilers, manufacturing processes, cleaning, and ultrapure water systems. RO offers numerous benefits that can save water, fuel, operating costs, labor, and more. Understanding how it works will help in the selection, maintenance, and operation of RO systems.

Softener Regeneration in Four Easy Steps

How to Achieve Optimal Softener Performance

  • 13 March 2018
  • Author: Chem-Aqua, Inc
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Softener Regeneration in Four Easy Steps

Everyone knows soft water feels different than hard water—but did you know soft water may be better for your water systems? To improve efficiency and extend the life of your water systems, scale-causing calcium and magnesium ions are replaced with sodium ions in the softening process. To regenerate a softener that has reached capacity, you must conduct four steps: backwash, brine draw, slow rinse, and fast rinse.

Review this infographic for details about how to achieve optimal softener performance, and turn to Chem-Aqua for all of your water treatment needs.

How Sodium-Cycle Water Softeners Work

Four Steps to the Regeneration Process

How Sodium-Cycle Water Softeners Work

Hard water can cause a variety of serious problems. Water containing dissolved calcium and magnesium ions can lead to the buildup of limescale, which can impair and damage industrial equipment such as heat exchangers. Furthermore, the presence of these ions significantly reduces the lathering ability and overall effectiveness of soaps, making for subpar wash water.  Water softening is used to combat hard water.

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