If you have ever been to another country or another region in your own country,you may have come across the term hard water. It is normally used to describe water which we aren’t used to or which tastes different than what we are accustomed to at home,but what actually is it? No doubt your customers have heard of hard water. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they understand it and what to do about it. Here’s some information that may help you address common customer questions:
hard water isn’t just a term used in Plumbing, it is a way to describe water which has a high volume of minerals dissolved inside it compared to normal filtered water. Most of the time hard water will have a high percentage of both magnesium and calcium inside, as well as other minerals. The measurement of hard water is done in grains per gallon, and you will be able to see the basic scale here:
Soft < 1
Slightly Hard 1.0 – 3.5
Moderately Hard 3.5 – 7.0
Hard 7.0 – 10.5
Very Hard > 10.5
Although you may be a little skeptical about drinking water which is full of minerals and metals, it isn’t dangerous for our bodies. The main issues you will likely face in the presence of hard water is the feeling of never quite being clean. When you wash your hands or your body with hard water it can feel as though a film is left on your body afterwards. This can also affect and glasses and other kitchen equipment you wash. If you drank a glass of water and then left the glass on the side for a few hours, you will be able to see the white sediment at the bottom of the glass.
How do you know if you have it?
To find out whether or not you have hard water in your home, you will need to investigate your home in more detail to see if you spot anything odd. For example, hard water causes colored clothes to fade more quickly when washed, they can also cause a lot of scale to form around your faucets. It is worth checking all of this before you test the water. Once you have tested the water and found out it is hard, you can sure a water softener in your home to co act the effects.
What is water softener?
Water softener is used to remove the minerals from your water and therefore reduce its grains per gallon. It can be installed near to your main water line and then it will work to remove the grains from the water which enters your home. The water softener consists of a resin tank and a brine tank which work together to soften your water. By using this you will purify the water which enters your home and therefore you will be much less likely to suffer any of these small effects from using water in your home.