Have you been noticing mineral spots on your dishware or soap scum in your bathtub? These may be signs that your house has hard water. A plumbing system that uses hard water affects your house differently than systems that use soft water.
Here’s our quick guide comparing hard water vs soft water.
What is Hard Water?
Hard water is a type of water that contains higher levels of minerals.
In a residential house, hard water leaves behind mineral deposits. Calcium and Magnesium are the main minerals in hard water. Because hard water contains these extra minerals, it interacts differently with soap. Hard water leaves behind soap scum and residue because it does not lather properly. This impacts all household cleaning, including dishware, clothes, and human bodies.
Over time, mineral deposits from hard water will build up. This is particularly troublesome for appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers. Mineral build up affects the longevity and efficiency of an appliance.
Hard water also affects your hot water heater. Because hard water has more minerals, it raises the water’s boiling point. Hot water heaters require more energy and take longer to heat hard water. Not only is this bad for the efficiency of your hot water heater, but it also raises your hot water bill.
What is Soft Water?
Soft water is water that has been treated to remove excess calcium and magnesium.
Because soft water does not leave mineral deposits, it is better suited for household use. If your plumbing uses soft water, appliances will last longer and work more efficiently. Clean dishware will not have calcium residue, and clothes will appear cleaner. Soft water is also more healthy for your skin. Unlike hard water, soft water lathers properly and will not leave a layer of film on your skin.
Want more information about water hardness? Contact our experts at A1Choice Plumbing for more information on hard water vs soft water. We’re here to help with all of your plumbing needs.
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