Is your laundry not as clean as it ought to be? Do you have spots on your dishes after thoroughly washing and rinsing them? Is your skin dry, red or irritated? If so, you may be suffering from a common household problem: hard water. Read on to learn more about hard water, and how to get rid of it in your home’s water supply.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has a moderate to high concentration of dissolved calcium and/or magnesium. Typical of geographic locations where water encounters rocks containing these minerals, nearly 85% of the United States deals with hard or very hard water. This can affect everything from the efficiency of soaps and detergents to the health of skin and the look of porcelain, metal, and tile bath fixtures.
Water Softeners to the Rescue!
If you have hard water, it may be a good idea to consider a water softening system for your home’s water supply. A water softener is an agent that is added to water as it passes through the softening system to neutralize the effects of hard water on skin, clothing, hard surfaces and more. Unlike a traditional water filtration system, it works by adding these natural neutralizers – such as common sodium – to your water, rather than taking anything out. The result is softer, gentler water, safe for both drink and cooking, as well as cleaning of all kinds.
If you’re ready to invest in a water softener system, contact your local water filter and purification retailer. These industry experts will be able to advise you properly as to which softeners – and the systems that help to introduce them into your water – are best for your home’s supply. Once you’ve matched a system to your needs, you have only to have it installed, then sit back and enjoy softer, gentler water every day!