Hard and Soft Water: What’s the Difference?
It’s easy to believe that “water is water,” but nothing could be further from the truth. This is particularly true when it comes to the water entering your home.
Hard water and soft water differ in many ways. Here’s a basic breakdown of the two:
- Hard water: this type of water contains elevated levels of dissolved minerals, such as magnesium and calcium
- Soft water: this is treated water in which the only ion you’ll find is sodium
As rainwater makes its way to the ground, it’s soft. However, since it has a long journey to reach waterways, it collects a variety of minerals along the way, most notably magnesium and calcium.
Is there Really a Big Difference?
The differences between hard and soft water are most noticeable when completing household chores.
For example, hard water is often to blame for dishes with spots and leftover residue, bathtubs with soap scum build-up, and clothes that come out of the wash with a dingy appearance.
Furthermore, when you clean your body and hair with hard water, you may be left with a sticky feeling.
Soft water, on the other hand, is better for most people when completing daily household chores. Not only does soap lather better in soft water, but any item that comes in contact with it will have a cleaner look and feel.
Also, take into consideration that soft water can help prolong the life of your appliances, such as your dishwasher and washing machine. Using soft water can help reduce energy costs, too.
Is there a Solution?
If you come to find that your home has hard water, it’s important to consider your course of action.
Your options include:
- Reverse osmosis
Determining if you have hard water comes down to one thing: measuring the amount of dissolved mineral hardness in GPG (grain per gallon). Here’s what you need to know:
- Less than one GPG – soft water
- Between 1 and 3.5 GPG – slightly hard water
- Between 3.5 and 7 GPG – moderately hard water
- Between 7 and 10 GPG – very hard water
- Over 10 GPG – extremely hard water
If hard water is impacting your life, it’s time for a change. Contact us to learn more about our many products and the next steps to take.