For many Americans, hard water is a fact of life. Minerals exist as ions and are gathered into the water from rocks and sediments it passes over as it seeps through the ground. Different areas contain different types of rocks, irons, and sediments. That is why different neighborhoods have different levels of hard water, even from one street to the next. Many people find the solution to difficult, hard water is a water softening system.
The harder the water, the more likely it is for mineral deposits to accumulate and stain porcelain and appliances, and buildup in pipes. These scummy films are difficult to clean because they are mineral deposits, not dirt. Hard water even makes it difficult to get laundry clean, and often leaves it dingy and brown looking, with a stiff, starchy feel. Hair can also feel dull and lifeless as it collects the minerals with each washing. As the minerals buildup in household pipes and appliances, it lessens their life, and that costs you money.
The hardness level of water is determined by the measured concentrations of magnesium, calcium, and iron in the water. To further complicate matters, there are two different types of hard water: temporary and permanent. While mineral ions can make water hard, anions determine the type of hard water it will become and how easy it is to soften. Temporary hard water is easily softened, but the permanent hard water is more difficult to treat. That is why water softening that is permanent requires an ion exchange system.
A water quality and treatment specialist can install an ion exchange water softening unit with two tanks that will soften even the hardest of permanent hard water. One tank treats the water while the other tank holds the salt needed for the first tank’s effective water treatment. Once the water is “treated,” the softened water will no longer leave unsightly residue behind. Contact a specialist today for a consultation on what type of hard water you have.