Difference Between Hard and Soft Water
Is there a difference between hard and soft water?
This is one of the most common questions that we get asked all of the time. In fact, we wanted to start a new blog series on our most commonly asked questions. And this seemed like the perfect place to start.
Being based in the Inland Empire, we hear a lot about hard water. We know that in the past our county has been called one of the worst places in the country for drinking water. But what is hard water? Hard water is water that has a lot of mineral deposits in it. When rain falls, water is typically soft. However, as it runs into the ground, it picks up minerals like calcium, chalk, lime and magnesium. The most typical way that you are going to know if your water is hard is to see it react with your household items. When you wash clothes with hard water, they are dingier.
When you wash dishes with hard water, you are left with spots or residue. Hair washed in hard water lacks luster and brilliance. Any time you use soap in the hard water you have to use a lot more of it because it does not lather well. In contrast, soft water helps soap lather in mass amounts so that you don’t have to use as much of it. Soft water lends itself to more shiny hair and softer skin. Having soft water can also save you money because you use less of your cleaning agents and see longer lifespans in your appliances.
But having soft water does not necessarily mean that you have filtered water.
Having your water softened does remove certain minerals from your water, but a water filter works to purify your water by taking out contaminants, chemicals, and heavy metals. This is a great addition to any home to ensure that the water that you are ingesting and cleaning with is without harmful pollutants. If you have questions about what filtration system is best for your home, please give us a call. We will discuss what your family needs are, your geographic situation and what will be a good fit for your home.