You may have heard people talking about hard and soft water, wondered what is the difference, and how that difference might impact your life. Below we will look at the definitions of both, find out how hard and soft water come about, and consider how they might affect you, your family and your home. Contact us at Watersmart if you have a hard water problem.
Hard Water - Definition
Hard water is defined as water that "contains an appreciable amount of dissolved salts of calcium and magnesium," according to the freedictionary.com The Encyclopedia Brittanica describes it as "water that contains salts of calcium and magnesium principally as bicarbonates." Testing the pH level in the water will show the hardness level of the water. Another measurement frequently used is the ppm or (parts per million) measurement scale. The higher the number, the harder the water.
Soft Water - Definition
Rain water is soft water as it is pure, other than some acidic elements that it may have picked up in the air. However, when soft water comes into contact with the ground it picks up some of the elements present as it flows through an area. Distilled water is also soft as it has had the levels of calcium and magnesium significantly reduced.The levels of minerals in the water can be measured scientifically. Soft water is recognized as having a mineral content less than 17.1 mg/l.
Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?
Hard water is safe to drink, and in some cases its taste may be preferable to that of soft water. That is due to the minerals present, and why mineral water is bottled. Others don't enjoy it believing that it has a slightly bitter taste. On the other hand, soft water may have a slightly salty taste while being purer.
General Household Use
Soft water has a distinct advantage when it comes to the overall water use in your home - particularly in relation to household chores. Soft water lathers more easily, and with smaller quantities. This makes washing dishes, doing laundry, taking showers and other chores easier. Hard water also damages pipes, water heaters, household appliances, clothes, shower curtains and more.
Watersmart has been reducing the effects of hard water in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph areas for 20 years. If you are concerned about the hardness of your water and are looking for a solution, contact us for a consultation. Most systems can be installed in a few hours.
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