Nothing is more important than your family's health. While hard water has not been proven to be detrimental, it's still good to know the facts and trust the experts at WaterSmart to sell and install the best water softeners in the business.
According to the Water Quality Association, water hardness is measured with five different classifications and can be expressed in mg/litre or parts per million (ppm) or grains per gallon (gpg).
Below 17 mg/litre or ppm (0 - 1 gpg)
17.1 - 60 mg/litre or ppm (1.1 - 3.5 gpg)
61 - 120 mg/litre or ppm (3.6 - 7 gpg)
121 - 180 mg/litre or ppm (7.1 - 10.5 gpg)
Over 180 mg/litre or ppm (over 10.5 gpg)
This tool can be used to determine the water hardness in Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot and North Dumfries.
Are Health Issues Linked to Hard Water Consumption?
The intake of calcium and magnesium is generally believed to be good for your health. In fact, the Government of Canada directly states "calcium and magnesium are not of direct public health concern."
Additionally, studies have been done on water hardness and certain types of cardiovascular disease, as well as different types of cancer and strokes. To date, there's no evidence that hard water causes any of these serious issues, so you can breathe easy there.
Studies are ongoing, and this much we know about the potential risks of hard water thanks to the World Health Organization: "Exposure to hard water has been suggested to be a risk factor that could exacerbate eczema."
"Numerous factors have been associated with eczema flare-up, including dust, nylon, shampoo, sweating, swimming and wool. A suggested explanation relative to hard water is that increased soap usage in hard water results in metal or soap salt residues on the skin (or on clothes) that are not easily rinsed off and that leads to contact irritation."
This can be particularly problematic for families with young children, and should not be ignored.
Hard water can also cause skin irritation or a dry scalp even for those who don't suffer from eczema.
On top of that, an increased intake of magnesium may cause a negative change in bowel habits, namely diarrhea, and drinking-water in which both magnesium and sulphate are present in high concentrations (~250 mg/l each) can have a laxative effect.
Let's be honest: nobody wants that.
How Can You Solve The Hard Water Problems?
In short, hard water is generally thought to be healthy for drinking and doesn't carry any serious long-term health effects, but it can bring smaller risks - bowel and skin issues - that can be a real nuisance in your day-to-day living, and major issues over time.
As mentioned above, hard water can be really troublesome for your pipes and appliances, making it challenging to get a good wash for your person, clothes, and dishes.
So what can be done?
A water softener uses a medium that serves to exchange ions of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium.
A water softener reduces water hardness, making it easier to shower and clean fabrics and dishes. With softened water, less soap is needed for bathing and laundry. Skin feels cleaner and clothing softer. Pipes, fixtures, and appliances have less scale build-up. With less build-up, appliances can operate efficiently. Mineral-derived odours may be reduced, and there are fewer deposit stains on bathroom fixtures.
And again, soft water greatly reduces the risk of skin and bowel irritation.
Knowing all this, why delay?
You can trust WaterSmart to meet your water softening needs with a variety of models.
To learn more about the models best suited for your city, click the appropriate link below.
Water Softener Kitchener
Water Softener Waterloo
Water Softener Cambridge
Water Softener Guelph