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Softening Hard Water

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Credit: USGS

Not all water is created equal! Some areas (as you can see by the map above) are more prone to hard water – approximately 85 percent of the water in the Untied States – whereas others experience the feel of soft water. The quality of your water all boils down to the amount of minerals per gallon of water.

Water Basics

Hard water: According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, water is defined as being slightly hard when the levels of calcium and magnesium bicarbonates exceed 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon, which occurs naturally. While not unsafe, it is important to note that Arizona’s hardness levels often exceed 20 grains per gallon.

Soft water: Many Arizonian’s don’t know what soft water systems feels like; that’s a given. However, softened water contains fewer or no extra minerals per gallon of water. Residents in areas without soft water can use water treatment devices to remove excess minerals to produce soft water.

The Hard Facts

Soft water all the way, right? While soft water definitely has some advantages over hard water, including being better on your expensive appliances and even more expensive clothing, it may not be as tasty as hard water. Soft water may also leave you feeling like you haven’t rinsed off entirely after a relaxing hot shower.

Hard water carries with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Read more about its pros and cons. Hard water can make cleaning and bathing agents less effective, can cause mineral deposits to develop on your pots and pans, as well as aid in the buildup of shower scum. From a health perspective, however, the calcium minerals in hard water are good for your health.

Softening Hard Water

Considering that we live, bathe, cook and clean in an area prone to not only hard water, but very hard water, it’s only natural to want to reduce water hardness by investing in a good quality water softening tank. Water softening typically involves the use of an ion exchange process, which exchanges your hard water for soft.

For more information on high-quality water softeners, please be sure to contact your local plumbing professionals at A-Peoria today.