Soft Drops: How to Treat Your Hard Water

Written by  //  July 21, 2014  //  Plumbing  //  1 Comment

While hard water isn’t dangerous to consume or use in a shower, the minerals in the water can sometimes present problems in the plumbing of a house. If left untreated, hard water can clog your drains, stain glass and tile and leave residue in your hair and skin. These minor annoyances can easily be fixed by treating and softening your hard water.

How to Determine Whether Your Water is Hard

While hard water is found in nearly all 50 states, there are some areas in the country where the amount of hard water is more concentrated. The southwestern region of the United States usually has more hard water than other regions in the country. If you use the water from your tap, there is a good chance that you can just call your local water department to determine whether or not you have hard water. Furthermore, you can purchase testing strips on your own, or take water samples to be professionally tested at a lab.

If You Decide to Soften Your Water

If you determine that you have hard water, and you want to soften the water, then there are a couple options available to you. However, it’s important to note that there sometimes are adverse effects to softening the water. Depending on how you soften your water, you may find that using softer water on your plants is killing them. This is because there is now a higher salt content.

One Way to Soften

If you decide to go ahead and soften your water, the first way to go about doing this is to soften your water before you use it. This can be accomplished by boiling your water before you drink it, brush your teeth, wash your dishes, or wash your hair. It is as simple as placing a pot of water on the stove and allowing it to boil for a couple minutes before taking the pot off the stove and allowing it to cool.

You could also place a water filter on your sink to soften the water before you consume it. There are also pitchers that you can pour your water into to filter it before consuming. These can be found at nearly any grocery store.

Another Way

This method is a bit more complicated and expensive, but it is by far the most efficient way to soften your water. You can install a mechanical water softener that replaces the calcium and magnesium with sodium. This will make it easier for you to use the water on a bigger scale, like for your laundry and dishes. Using professional water softener contractors like those with Imagine Plumbing & Appliance Ltd. in Calgary will help you to do this in the cleanest way possible.

Moving Forward

Hard water is fairly common throughout the United States, and it is important to remember that this water will not harm you. The problem with hard water is the residue that it leaves behind in sinks, dishes, drains and hair. There are plenty of ways to soften your water, so choose the best option for your needs.

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One Comment on "Soft Drops: How to Treat Your Hard Water"

  1. Dan Garard July 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm ·

    Another option is to treat the hard water with scalesafe. scalesafe clears existing scale fast, prevents future buildup and lays down an anti-corrosive layer in the pipes to protect them long term. It’s a fraction of the cost of traditional water softening and more effective.
    Email me with questions. Thanks Dan @ scalesafe.

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