How Does the WaterBoss Softener Work?

The WaterBoss® water softener system provides whole house water filtration with its patented self-cleaning dirt and sediment filter. The following is a step-by-step description of how your WaterBoss does the job of providing you with fresh treated water.

The Service Position

Your WaterBoss begins its job in the service position. The service position is the normal operating cycle that treats your water. As the water enters the water softener through the top valve, it flows down through the filtration media inside. This filtration media does the job of capturing the contaminants traveling in your water.

The good quality water then travels up through a distributor tube, out of the water softener and is dispensed throughout your home.

The Regeneration Process

Brine Pre Fill Once the media has reached the full capacity of what it can hold, the system must go through a 3-step regeneration process to remove the captured contaminants. The first cycle of regeneration is called brine pre-fill.

The WaterBoss starts with a standard amount of water in the brine tank, but the system may calculate that more will be necessary for the upcoming brine rinse, based on your water usage. If more salt solution will be needed, the controller draws in additional water to ensure your system has enough to complete the process at maximum effectiveness.

To add more water to the brine tank, the water first enters the system, traveling down through the filtration media and back up the tube before crossing over into the brine tank, where the salt is stored. The water remains here dissolving salt to be used later in the regeneration process. It is important that treated water is used to fill the brine tank because it leads to better performance and helps keep the salt clean.

The next step in the regeneration process is backwash 1. This first backwash cycle occurs when raw water enters the media tank and travels down through the distribution tube. The water then flows up through the media inside. This helps lift, agitate, and loosen material to help clean away the particles captured by the media. The particles and water are then flushed out the drain. 

Backwash 1 Water SoftenerNext, the saltwater solution or brine flows out of the brine tank and into the media tank. It then flows down the distributor tube and up through the media. The salt in the brine is necessary to cause a chemical reaction that cleans the resin media used for water softening. After this slow pass of brine, the resin beads are able to remove hardness once again. This step is followed by an immediate rinse cycle that draws in raw water to flush excess salt left behind during the brining process. 

Another rinse cycle is performed called backwash 2. Raw water is used to flush the media tank to ensure that the resin and filtration media are free of any missed contaminants or residual salt. Before returning to the service position, the system must replenish the water reserve in the brine tank to prepare for the next regeneration. Water enters through the top of the tank and flows down through the media. The now treated water flows up through the distribution tube and into the brine tank. Here it will slowly dissolve the salt supply until a new regeneration cycle is triggered by the system. At this point, the WaterBoss is now ready to resume operation in the service position and provide good quality water. 

With multiple models to choose from, there’s a WaterBoss that can fit your exact water needs. Whether that is filtering unpleasant materials or softening hard water, the WaterBoss can provide the high caliber water you’d expect at a reasonable cost.

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