Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water

The term “hard water” refers to water that has a high amount of minerals. It forms when natural water sources flow over or drip around rock deposits.

Tucson, AZ Water Softener ServicesThe particles from the rock slowly integrate with the water. Calcium and magnesium are the most common minerals that contribute to water hardness. More than 85% of American homes have hard water.

Soft water is, of course, the opposite of hard water. It has little or no mineral content. Naturally occurring soft water is often found flowing over volcanic rocks.

It interacts well with soap and detergents, letting you use up to half the amount you would need with hard water.

What Does This Mean for Me?

Although the extra calcium found in hard water means that it’s ideal for drinking, hard water is often undesirable. It can cause serious problems in industrial settings and in plumbing.

Hard water can build up a mineral layer on the inside of pipes, causing clogs. These mineral clogs can lead to problems such as water boiler failure.

In a domestic setting, hard water will make your soap lather a lot less in addition to forming mineral deposits inside kettles. Soap scum can form in your sink and bathtub, or on your dishes.

Hard water carries with it some dermatological concerns. It can dry out the hair and skin and fade hair dye more quickly than normal. Some studies have even linked hard water to an increase risk of eczema in children, suggesting that hard water is irritating to the skin when used for bathing.

What Can Be Done About It?

Fortunately, hard water in your Tucson home, can be softened using methods such as lime softening and ion-exchange resins. Ion-exchange resins are a popular option for household water-softening appliances. Softened water makes soap more efficient to use, and extends the life of plumbing, which saves money.

If you fear the hardness of your water may be interfering with your plumbing, or is simply causing a nuisance, consider investing in a water-softening appliance for your Tucson home or business.

With softened water, water-heater efficiency is increased, saving you money. In addition, with a soft water, there is no risk of dangerous buildup inside pipes. Ask your plumber about getting a water softener, and whether your pipes need it.

Knowing the differences between hard & soft water in your Tucson, AZ home is important. For more info, call Spartan Plumbing at (520) 623-6100 today!