Should I Purchase a Water Softener and What Exactly is Hard Water?
Jeff, we have hard water in Prescott and as you know hard water is water that is high in mineral content, specifically magnesium and calcium. There is a very easy way to determine the hardness of your water and that is to see how easily your soap lathers in your water. Soap will lather easily in soft water and not in hard water. Hard water causes scaling, which are those mineral deposits that you sometimes see around faucet rims, the scaling is also known as lime scale deposits. These deposits over time can clog pipes, damage water heaters and decrease the life of other water units in the home. The level of hardness in your water can be measured by obtaining a hardness water testing kit or most plumbers will do a test. The test measures the level of magnesium and calcium in your water. There are ways to help control your water hardness and these are through the purchase of a reverse osmosis system or water softeners. However, before selecting any of these systems, it is important to know the hardness level of your water. If a water softener is installed, there are several advantages. Clothes will last longer being washed in soft water vs. hard water. You will spend approximately 70-80 percent less in soap. Studies have indicated that energy bills are lower in homes that have a soft water system, because there is less buildup of lime scale in the water heater. Hard water creates a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, bathtubs and sinks. If you are on a municipal water system, the water supplier can tell you the hardness level of the water that is delivered to your home. It is also important to know that if you are on a well, you can have hard water and problems. A sediment filter should be installed for all well users. A plumber can do this for you. This filter will prolong the life of your water using appliances. Hard water is not a health hazard, but dealing with hard water can be a nuisance. There are several options to removing hard water in a home and it is important to talk to a provider that offers these systems.