Hardness is a common problem with water that contains dissolved compounds of calcium, magnesium and sometimes other divalent and trivalent metallic elements. The term hardness was originally applied to waters that were hard to wash in, referring to the soap wasting properties of hard water.
The Effects Of Hardness In Your Water
Hardness prevents soap from lathering by causing the development of an insoluble curdy precipitate in the water; hardness typically causes the buildup of hardness scale (such as seen in cooking pans). Dissolved calcium and magnesium salts are primarily responsible for most scaling in pipes and water heaters and cause numerous problems in laundry, kitchens, and bathrooms. Just as it builds up on things in the home it also builds up on your skin and hair. Hardness is usually expressed in grains per gallon (or gpg) as calcium carbonate.
Dissolved calcium and magnesium precipitate out of hard water as scale, which builds up on the insides of pipes, water heaters, tea kettles, coffee makers and industrial machinery. Scale reduces flow through pipes and is a poor conductor of heat. Eventually, pipes can become completely clogged.
Hard water reduces soap’s ability to lather, whether in the shower, sink, dishwasher or washing machine, and reacts with soap to form a sticky scum.
Water Softener Installation & Service Recommendations
Water softeners work by ion exchange. This is the same technology used for decades. Today however, we can offer a method of chlorine removal along with your softener. Along with the health benefits, this helps prolong the life of the resin in your water softener.
Installing a water softener and water conditioner will give you soft, clean water throughout your home or business.