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A Water Softener Can Improve Your Water Quality

Millions of American households suffer some kind of correctable water problem. Hard water alone is found in 85% of all American homes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Other common water problems include excess iron, hydrogen sulfide gas (“rotten egg” smell), acidity, and cloudy water.

Each of these problems can bring its own unpleasant effects into your home. Rusting and corroded pipes, clothing stains, bad tasting water, and higher water heating bills are just a few of the possible results of problem water, which can take money out of your pocket and affect the quality of your life.

Water Quality

Many concerned people don’t realize that each of these problems can be solved in their home or business at the point-of-use or point-of-entry. Point-of-use (POU) refers to water quality improvement equipment installed to provide water to a single or several faucets, usually for drinking and cooking. Point-of-entry (POE), sometimes called ‘shoe house’ treatment, refers to water quality improvement equipment installed where the water enters the home or business, such as water softeners and whole-house filters.

Today, there are more options than ever to choose from making it possible for you to obtain the quality of water you and your family want.

Hard Water

Two-thirds of the water on earth is groundwater. As it travels through rock and soil it picks up particles of calcium, magnesium, iron, lead, and other minerals. For 85% of the country, that translates into “hard water.” ‘Hardness’ refers to the amount of calcium and magnesium in the water and is measured in grains per gallon (gpg), where a grain is a measurement of weight, or in parts per million (ppm) (17.1 ppm = 1 gpg). The table below shows some hard water levels.

Hard Water Levels
Grains Per Gallon Parts Per Millions Rating
less than 1.0 less than 17.1 soft
1.0-3.5 17.1 – 60 slightly hard
3.5-7.0 60 – 120 moderately hard
7.0-10.5 120 – 180 hard
over 10.5 over 180 very hard

In areas where the source of water is hard or very hard, the local water utility may soften it to about 5 or 6 grains per gallon-still moderately hard. However, since the cost of centrally softening water is so great, many utilities and water companies leave the decision for soft water to the homeowner. A water softening system in your home or business, at the point-of-entry, can efficiently and economically reduce the gpg level to below 1.0

Drinking Water Concerns And Other Common Water Problems

Water softeners were designed to remove the hard minerals in water so that it could “work harder” and perform better in your home and business; it does that job very well. But, as sometimes happens, the process has produced unexpected benefits for its users by also reducing barium, cadmium and naturally occurring radium found in water.

In recent years, drinking water quality has become an issue for many homeowners. The use of home drinking water improvement equipment and bottled water has soared, and the trend appears to be gaining momentum. So for many, better working water combined with drinking water of a particular quality may be the goal.

Water Purification Systems MN

Finding the solution to your problem or discovering the ideal water quality “fit” for your personal needs can be simple if you have the proper information. Water quality may differ from city to city, well to well, home to home. Your water quality problems may not be the same as those of your neighbor next door or your relative across town. The key is to match your water quality problem or goal with the most efficient and effective solution.

Minneapolis MN Plumber Can Improve Your Water Quality

If your water is not as pure as bottled water, the water treatment and filtration experts at All Ways Plumbing, Inc. could suggestion a simple and inexpensive water purification system that would bring it to that level of purity you want for your family.

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