Everyone has heard of the terms “hard water” and “soft water” but many do not know the differences between them. Both hard and soft water have advantages and disadvantages. Many have strong opinions about which variation of water is better.
Is there really a difference between hard water and soft?
Yes. In fact, the difference can be damaging to your home and your body. Maybe you have experienced skin issues, bad taste or odors emitted from the water, excessive soap consumption, pipe scaling, faucet, and fixture deterioration, or the inability to rinse off properly. If you have, then you have a water problem. Schrader Plumbing can solve your hard or soft water worries with a variety of quality products for your home.
The chemical difference between the two types of water basically comes down to mineral content.
Hard water is water with excess calcium and magnesium, while soft water is free from these harsh minerals that can damage your home and body. It is gentle, with calcium and magnesium removed through water softener systems. As mentioned, soft water contains fewer minerals. But what really sets it apart, it is treated with sodium.
Soft water can:
However, it is important to watch for how much sodium is added and keep a careful balance. Soft water can kill plants, soil, and other outside materials. It might also cause water retention in some people with hypertension who drink it as well, so it is important to have a watchful eye on how much you are consuming.
As water flows from its source to your tap, it collects tiny particles along the way. If these particles include hardness minerals (aka calcium and magnesium, to be precise) in high amounts, the water will become hard. The more of these minerals are present, the higher the water will rank on the water hardness scale.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, hard water exists in a significant portion of the United States (see the map here). And although it’s not a health hazard and many people don’t have issues because of it, it can be a nuisance. Hard water can make appliances and pipes run less efficiently, leave mineral deposits on drinking glasses, and stain sinks and toilet bowls.
You can’t:) But-Sometimes the feel of water and what it does to items in your dishwasher or washing machine can be a tip-off.
Signs of hard water include:
Signs of soft water include:
Experiencing Hard water problems? There are products available for softening your water. Schrader Plumbing can show you water softener and filter solutions that can help. If you have extensive limescale buildup or clogged pipes due to hard water damage, give us a call! We know all too well the issues hard water brings, being a Texas-based company. 817-262-0989Categories: Hard Water,
Last Modified: February 17, 2022 at 2:38 pm