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The Difference Between Hard and Soft Water

hard water scale on plumbing fixtures

You might know the terms hard and soft water, but do you truly know what the means? We’re here to help.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has a high concentration of dissolved minerals. It typically has magnesium and calcium in it. The hardness of the water is determined by how many minerals it has in it.

What is Soft Water?

Soft water does not have as many dissolved minerals in it as hard water. It has sodium ions in it instead of a high concentration of magnesium and calcium. There are several ways that water can be softened. You can have a water softener installed. Groundwater and rainwater that has flowed through granite and hard rocks are softened naturally.

Problems That are Caused by Hard Water

More people are opting to have a water softener installed as hard water can cause a variety of issues. It will be harder for you to clean your dishes and bathtubs if the water is too hard. You may find that there is residue left on your dishes. You may also find that it is harder to remove soap scum from your sinks and tubs. Additionally, hard water can ruin your clothing.

Hard Water and Your Appliances

Another issue with having hard water in your home is that it can affect the way your appliances work. When you have hard ward, your appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine, will have to work harder and use more energy. This can cause them to wear out more quickly. Your pipes are also more likely to be clogged if the water is too hard. So if you suspect you have hard water, you’ll want to consider looking at a water softener.

If your plumbing has suffered due to hard water, then you will need to contact Tri-City Heating and Cooling. We offer plumbing service that you can trust.