Hard vs. Soft Water: What You Need to Know

Knowing the type of water you have in your house is crucial in maintaining your plumbing system properly. Below are a few basic facts on hard and soft water that can help you take the right steps towards a well-functioning plumbing system.

Hard Water

Hard water contains high amounts of elements such as calcium and magnesium. Before it finds its way to hundreds of millions of homes throughout the country, water flows over rocks and soil where it picks up traces of these elements. In the United States, 85 percent of the water is classified as hard water.

The minerals in hard water interact with soaps, shampoos and detergents, preventing these cleaning agents from tackling dirt, stains, grime and other particles effectively. You may find that washing dishes and clothes or taking showers and shampooing your hair takes longer when using hard water.

Over time, hard water can cause scale and mineral buildup in shower heads and faucets, as well as in the plumbing pipes all over your house. When unchecked, this will clog your plumbing system, which in turn impedes the water flow in your house. Clogged pipes are also quite costly to repair or replace.

Soft Water

Unlike hard water, soft water contains only trace amounts of extra elements or none at all. Soft water can occur naturally or it can be produced by a variety of water treatment devices that remove the elements in hard water.

With no extra elements to interact with soaps and detergents, soft water reduces the need for cleaning agents by as much as 50 percent. Clothes washed in soft water using the cold water setting yields the same result as clothes washed in hard water using the hot water setting. In terms of energy consumption, washing clothes in soft water means more efficient energy use, which can help lower your energy bills significantly over time.

Soft water also means greatly decreased mineral or film buildup in your home’s shower heads, faucets and pipes. This keeps them functioning much more efficiently for a longer period of time. This also means the water flow throughout your home will remain at optimum levels longer.

To find out whether you have hard or soft water in your house, call us here at Pampering Plumber. Our plumbing specialists can determine the kind of water you have in your home and assist you with all your water softening requirements. As a long-time residential and commercial plumbing company in Tampawe can install, repair and replace any type of water softener or water heater plus a whole range of other plumbing services. You can depend on us to make sure your plumbing system stays healthy and reliable for many years.