Hard water affects our home

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An undesirable evil in the domestic and industrial setting

What is hard water?

From a hydrochemical perspective, water hardness is nothing more than dissolved salts, mainly magnesium and calcium. Expressed in a more technical manner, water hardness is defined as the concentration of polyvalent cationic mineral compounds that are present in a given volume of water. Hard water has the highest amount of lime present. Generally hard water manifests in the following ways:

  • Soap grime in showers, sinks, and showers
  • Thin film of minerals present on your skin after showering, drying and damaging it
  • Reduced ability for soap to clean things causing clothes to look worse and last less
  • Increase crusting on plumbing equipment
  • Clogged piping

Hard water negatively affects electrical appliances shortening their lifespan compared to purified soft water

Why does some water taste bad?

The answer lies in water hardness. Depending on the levels of lime in the water, the taste can vary wildly. In general, harder water tastes worse than softer water. Hard water can also obstruct pipes and oxidize their insides generating all the problems related to oxidation.

Can hardness be removed?

Yes. There exists multiple ways of eliminating or at least reducing the hardness of your water. They range from physical (reverse osmosis), chemical, and ionic interchange which captures calcium and magnesium. Most systems do require the installation of a filter which needs periodic regeneration, so as to continue effective operation.

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