More than 20 million households use on-site systems for septic purposes in the United States, and this number is likely to grow. Customers often have questions about the impact of water softener disposal on these systems. Given the wide variety of Best Water Softener Systems, we thought it appropriate to examine some studies to help provide an overview.
Water Softening Process and Septic System
The basic function of the septic system can be described as simple. Your homes plumbing pipes are connected to an above-ground storage container. The tank collects wastewater and the heavier solids sink to the bottom. The bacteria found in the storage tanks digests the solids and turns them into liquid. After the process is complete, water is pumped from the primary tank to another tank or distribution box. The water is then returned to the surrounding soil via a drainage system made of perforated underground plumbing.
Water softening occurs through a chemical exchange. This involves replacing calcium and magnesium in the water with an equal number of sodium ions or potassium ions. Your household water is softened by passing through the resin layer. A resin bed that is the right size will have a fixed capacity for removing hardness. This resin bed must then be regenerated to full capacity so it can continue providing softened water. The control valve cleans the resin bed as soon as it reaches exhaustion. It then draws salt containing solutions from the brine tray through the resin. The resin bed reacts with salt to produce ion exchange. The resin bed is now ready to provide softened drinking water.