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Hard and Soft Water Explained

Simply put, hard water contains reinforced dissolved minerals, whereas soft water utilizes sodium to remove impurities, and then filters out the sodium. Certain dissolved minerals in hard water are actually sought after for the health benefits they confer. Indeed, hard water with certain dissolved minerals such as fluoride is preferred, and enhances taste. Then why is it that most experts encourage homeowners to purchase a water softener?

The answer is that hard water is not cost effective; soft water is preferable. Hard water with various dissolved minerals tends to shorten the life of plumbing. When hot water is heated, the carbonates separate from the solution and can interfere with plumbing and the pipes. Eventually the sediment build up, drastically reducing the flux of the plumbing system. Moreover, the sediment build up can prevent the effective transfer of heat. Thus, a water heater facilitating the flow of hard water will need to use more energy. Soap also suffers from hard water. The soap and water react to form calcium or magnesium salt, which is essentially a grayish soap scum—rather than a cleansing lather.

Soft Water Process

Hard water can be softened by treating it with lime or by passing it over an ion exchange resin. Water flows over the resin surface which dissolves the sodium. This sodium is then filtered out before it discharges from the faucet. Also, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals precipitate onto the resin surface.

Water Conditioning

Parker and Sons offers innovative hard and soft water solutions at an affordable price. Our water conditioners will promote the longevity of your plumbing system, while improving the quality of your water. Indeed, utilizing soft water will result in spot free dishes, vibrant, softer clothes out of the wash, and sleek shiny hair.

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