The water in your home can be classified as either hard or soft, but what does this mean for your home and family? Generally speaking, hard water means you have dissolved minerals present that are above the level of at least 60 mg/L, usually consisting of calcium and magnesium, and hardness above this level can be further categorized from moderately hard to very hard. While water that is classified as hard is not detrimental to your family’s health, the excessive presence of minerals can cause some unpleasant consequences which might lead you to consider water purification. Water testing can determine the actual mineral content, but you can probably tell a lot just by the way water behaves in your home.
So, why is it so important to test your water? Well, water is one of the most vital things that we consume, which means that the quality should always be up to par. However there are several things you should know about where your water comes from, how the quality is regulated, and when it’s your responsibility to get it tested.