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Hard water is a common problem in many homes. In layman’s term, it is the presence of at least 1 grains per gallon (GPG) of dissolved minerals, including magnesium carbonate, calcium, and/or manganese. Why we say at least? Because some homes can have more than 1 GPG. You can have your water tested at your local public health department to measure how hard it is.

Why is “hard water” a concern to people? To put it simply, hard water is not as efficient or convenient to work with, especially when you are washing clothes, washing the dishes, bathing, shaving, and washing your car. The residue could cause spotting in your dishes, clothes, car, and even your skin.

The mixture of soap and hard water forms a soap scum that is very difficult to rinse off. It leaves unsightly spots everywhere. If you bathe in hard water, the soap scum can clog your pores, which could lead to skin irritation, or even infection. It can also serve a breeding ground for bacteria that can make your skin itchy.

Hard water could also cause scaling of pipes and faucets as well as in your bathroom fixtures. If it is heated, the mineral residue forms a scale that plugs the pipes, faucet water heater, and bathroom fixtures, which may result to failure in your plumbing system and in the process, costly repairs.

Water Softeners 101

To end all troubles, there are companies that offer water softeners. This product helps soften hard water through an ion exchange process. The softener mineral tank contains soft ions of sodium and potassium attached, which is used to trade places with the hard mineral ions.

It is very important to have your water tested so you will be able to determine how hard it is before you apply the necessary softener. Before you purchase a water softener, it is also important that you understand the capacity you need. You would not want to for unnecessary capacity. Water softeners include minimal amount of salt for its process. If you are watching your salt intake due to a condition, you can purchase a saltless water softener to be safe. Otherwise, you may keep a separate faucet that dispenses unsoftened water for your drinking and cooking.

Once your water is softened, you can start reaping the benefits of soap water. For one, your soap and dishwashing liquid use will be reduced in half. That’s because softeners help detergents clean your clothes and dishes better without leaving the unsightly marks of scum in them. You will also help keep your faucets and pipes free from residues that may cause it to falter and call for repairs.

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