Is Your Water Hard or Soft, and Why Does It Matter?

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.

The Dangers of Hard Water

Hard water is responsible for accelerated wear and tear on appliances, pipes, and other important components of a home’s plumbing system. The minerals dissolved in hard water like calcium and magnesium bind together and leave residue behind as mineral deposits inside pipes and appliances. Just like the plaque lines the walls of the arteries and eventually leads to a heart attack, mineral build ups cause clogs and leaks that eventually culminate into costly repairs.

The Solution to Softening Hard Water

Fortunately, you aren’t stuck with hard water if you have it in your home. Once a Friends Plumbing contractor helps you identify your hard water, you can select from a variety of water softening treatments to help your plumbing stay safe.

The most popular softeners are newer systems that use sodium-free agents to condition the water, so it is softer while still retaining enough minerals for taste and health benefits. Friends Plumbing has been serving Tampa Bay since 1979, so call (727) 934-0323 to take advantage of the team’s professional expertise.