One of the Most Popular Solutions for Hard Water


Hard water is common in some areas of the country. It is defined as water where the mineral content is higher. Hard water is harmless; it can contain minerals such as calcium, bicarbonates, magnesium, and sulfates. Although some studies have been done, none has shown a strong link to diseases or health conditions yet. One of the signs of having hard water is the lack of lathering from soaps and detergents. Hard water makes also difficult to grow crops due to the salts on it, and irrigation equipment is clogged easily with the salts on it. Water with high content of minerals such as calcium can clog pipes too. Rinsing and cleaning of dishes become challenging as detergent will not rinse easily and create spots.

There are many ways to solve this problem. Some are using cleaning products design for hard water, treat scales with white vinegar, reducing the temperature of the boiler, using a water filter, using a water softener, and using a water conditioner (magnetic). However, most people opt for using a water softener.

A water softener is a unit that treats hard water, which is installed under the cabinet or water tank. Small units are installed under the cabinet; larger two tank units will treat the entire water for the home. The treatment of the water is done through an ionic process, which the unit facilitates. The unit has plastic beads inside which have a negative charge, when the hard water passes through it, the beads attract the minerals (positive charge) therefore removing them the result is soft water.

Other system types use a brine solution of sodium (salt) and water to treat the hard water. The problem with this type is that the salt may leak into the water, increasing the consumption of salt – not good for people in a low sodium dietary restriction. The salt released in the septic systems may also affect the good bacteria necessary for the decomposition of the waste. Some cities have banned this method. An alternative to it is using potassium, which is more environmentally friendly and safe.

Another method that has gain popularity is using a magnetic water conditioner. This method is less expensive than a water softener. A water conditioner works by creating a field around the pipework that is magnetic in nature. This field will cause the ions in the water to change and not cause build up and scale. However, unlike water softeners, it does not treat other elements present in water such as Zinc, Iron, and Copper. These methods require professional installation to work properly.

Although water softeners might be expensive, treating hard water will save money in the long run. Homeowners will spend less in cleaning detergents and shampoos as they will be able to lather better, reducing the consumption of these items. Dishes will be cleaned more effectively reducing the need to waste more detergent and water or do extra rinsing. Water pipes and faucets will last longer and will plug less. Individuals will see an improvement on the skin oil and hair manageability, which will result in savings due to less use of skin moisturizers and hair products. Laundry will be cleaner reducing the need of extra washes. Heating systems and hot water will work better resulting in energy and money savings. Since cleaning time is reduced as detergents work better, people will have extra time to use in other more productive activities. The benefits of water softeners go beyond the obvious treatment of hard water; they extend to the entire family and their quality of life. Although there are other methods to treat hardwater, water softeners are used most.

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I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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