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Commercial Water Softening: Why It's Important
Posted on September 8th, 2015

Commercial Water Softening
The commercial water softening process is used in countless schools, office buildings, hospitals, restaurants, industrial production processes and many other industries for two main reasons: softened water reduces plumbing system downtime and saves money long term. Commercial buildings that use water on a daily basis can benefit from a softening system. How do these units work, what advantages do they provide and how is a custom system designed?

How it Works

When water passes through the ground, it collects minerals, namely calcium and magnesium. These elements can interfere with the plumbing systems the water supply feeds as well as the water’s effectiveness in cleaning and production processes. To eliminate these minerals from the supply, softening systems use ion exchange.

Advantages of Softened Water

Hard water leaves behind sediment which eventually will build up and interfere with the operation of heat exchangers, water heaters, cooling tower equipment, boilers and any other appliance or system requiring a continuous flow for proper function. In a commercial setting, when a piece of equipment fails, it does not only mean the business must pay to repair, replace and reintegrate the component, it also means a stoppage in normal operations as well, which can result in even further monetary losses.

Additionally, hard water reduces the effectiveness of cleaning products. It leaves a soap scum behind and spots on washed items. This is not ideal for any commercial building in the hospitality or health industry where cleanliness is vitally important.

Soft water eliminates both of these problems, since the lack of minerals reduces the number of scale deposits in plumbing systems and equipment, and detergents can clean and sanitize at their most effective rate.

Designing a Custom System

Every commercial water softening system should be custom-designed to suit the needs of building operation or production processes. First, a professional team will explore the industry the system is built for, ensuring it lives up to its application intention. Next, the team will measure the hardness of the water supply the system must accommodate. The hardness level will determine the system capacity needed, along with total system consumption, measured in both gallons per minute and gallons per day. Once every measurement is calculated comparatively, an accurate picture of the type and size of the commercial water softening system can be determined.

Trust Innovative Water Treatment to structure a commercial water softening system to perfectly fit the needs of your industry and your business’ water use without issue.


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