You’ve likely heard individuals speak of ‘hard water’ and ‘soft water’, though these terms may not be known by everyone. The water in your home or commercial building will either be hard or soft, affecting appliances and piping. Let’s look at the difference between the two and how you can tell whether you have hard water or soft water.
What’s the Difference?
Hard water contains calcium as well as magnesium, two minerals that can leave behind stains and cause further problems. If you have hard water in the home, residential water softeners can be used to reduce the mineral content of your water. Water softeners reduce the concentration of excess minerals in the water using sodium.
Signs of Hard Water
It can be difficult to tell the hardness or softness of your water simply by looking at it, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for some telltale signs of hard water. Some of the signs you should look for include:
· Film left on hands after washing
· Spots on glasses or silverware
· Mineral stains on clothing
· Lower water pressure
Signs of Soft Water
Just like there are signs of hard water there are signs of soft water. If your building’s water is soft, you may notice:
· More lather when washing items
· Cleaner clothing
· Good water pressure
· No mineral stains left behind
· A very slight sodium taste
By knowing what kind of water you have, you can work with a professional to find a solution to any problems you may be having. Hard water may be beneficial to health while soft water is better for cleaning and lowering your water bill. In general, soft water is more beneficial than hard water and can result in a large difference in water pressure, cleanliness of fabrics, and more.