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A very large percentage of homes in the United States have hard water. It is a widespread problem and yet many are not aware of what it really is and how it can be treated. Simply stated, hard water is water with a high concentration of dissolved minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium. Hard water can be a terrible nuisance in household applications. The colors of your garments will fade, and clothing fibres will be damaged, decreasing wearing life. Hard water can leave unsightly coatings on your dishes, shower doors, walls, bathtubs, sinks and fixtures. If you have a hard water problem it can interfere with almost every cleaning task - from washing yourself and your hair to washing clothes and dishes. Soaps and detergents will not lather and will often not be effective.

Problems With Hard Water

  • You will have to use twice as much soap and shampoo, etc. for washing clothes, dishes and yourself as hard water reduces soap's ability to lather and does not rinse well.
  • "Soap scum" builds up on bathtubs, sinks, dishes and your skin and hair
  • Hardness or lime scale builds up on faucets, inside pipes and water heaters, reducing their efficiency and operating life, and in extreme cases even blocking them completely.
  • Minerals associated with hard water build up on clothing fibres, weakening them and dulling colors
  • Lime scale builds up on dishes causing unsightly white coating or spots
  • Minerals build up on hair and skin, causing dryness and sometimes irritation

Do You Have Hard Water?

You may not be able to control widespread pollutants and bacteria that affect water supplies, but you can take steps to ensure that the water flowing from your faucets is as pure and safe as possible. If your water supply is provided by the city, you probably realize that strict regulations and standards are in place to assure you that your water supply is safe. However, those standards may result in water hardness levels which affect the taste of your water as well as the effectiveness of your soap and cleaning products. With a water softener system you'll find you use less soap and have fewer hard water stains. And your plumbing will thank you, because soft water means less sediment build-up on your pipes. While there are plenty of signs that your water might be hard, the best way to know for sure is to have it tested. The test is inexpensive and will not only provide you with peace of mind concerning your familys drinking water, but it could very well offer you a higher quality of life in regard to your water use. Once you have had your water tested, you can use the following chart to determine the degree of your hardness problem.
Classification Mg/L or PPM (parts-per-million) Grains/Gallon or GPG
Soft 0 17 0 1
Slightly Hard 17 60 1 3.5
Moderately Hard 61 120 3.5 7.0
Hard 121 180 7.0 10.5
Very Hard 180 + 10.5 +
Water that has a hardness reading of 3.5 GPG or 61 PPM (moderately hard) or higher would benefit from treatment. When you choose to soften your water, you will immediately begin to see the difference between hard and soft water. If you have had hard water in your home for many years, you may be surprised at the significant change that softening your water will make to every area of your home that uses water. Your clothes will feel softer, smell cleaner, and look brighter than ever before. Effectively reduces harmful contaminants turning tap water into convenient, fresh, healthy and great-tasting water at your sink. You might be astonished at hard your water is and how much you might benefit from a water treatment system.