Water might look like a liquid to the naked eye, but its specific properties and additives can actually make it “hard” or “soft” water. Even if you can’t see or feel the difference, you can certainly recognize the signs and symptoms associated with each. Here’s what you should know about hard and soft water for your own home, and when it might be time to call a plumber for help.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
Soft water is considered pure because the only ion it contains is sodium. Pure, uncontaminated rainwater, for example, is soft. Unfortunately, our environment has become so polluted that it’s almost impossible to find naturally soft water.
As water travels through waterways and along the ground, it picks up minerals like a magnet. Some minerals most commonly found in water include magnesium, chalk, calcium and lime. When water is so saturated with minerals it is considered hard. Hard water not only provides health concerns when it is used as drinking water, but it also runs the risk of causing damage to a home’s plumbing system. Continue reading “Is Your Water Hard or Soft, and Why Does It Matter?”