Understanding Hard Water and Your Water Softening Options

Hard water is a commonplace home complaint. While Orem's hard water is not harmful to your health, it can affect the function and longevity of your home’s plumbing system, as well as the ease and comfort of many everyday tasks. If you’ve been suffering with hard water, there are several solutions your Orem plumber can offer to soften your home’s water and improve your daily quality of life.

Understanding Hard Water

Hard water is water that contains a high concentration of minerals, typically calcium and magnesium. While hard water is not harmful to the human body, it can have far-reaching effects on your plumbing and your daily water usage. Hard water leaves limescale, or mineral deposits, inside water supply pipes and drains; it also leaves deposits on faucets, inside appliances, and can cause white spots on dishware and glasses. These deposits are not only unsightly, they can also affect the performance of your plumbing and appliances over time, causing corrosion that may lead to leaks and limiting the amount of space through which water can flow, affecting water pressure. Limescale also reduces the efficiency of your water heater and washing machine so they much use more energy to perform their normal functions. Washing clothing and dishes with hard water requires more soap, and hard water can also leave your skin and hair feeling dry after bathing.

Water Softening Options

The solution to hard water in your home is installing a water softening system in Orem. Water softeners and other hard water treatment systems are designed to remove the minerals from hard water, thus softening it for better performance and plumbing longevity. Most whole-home water softening systems work by exchanging the calcium and magnesium in your home’s incoming water with other elements, such as potassium or sodium. Sodium-based water softeners are the most common type of system, but potassium-based solutions are better if you are concerned about adding sodium to your home’s water for dietary or health reasons. Water conditioners work differently than water softeners, affecting the minerals’ ability to stick to surfaces and reducing limescale buildup without actually removing calcium and magnesium from the water itself. These systems work via one of two principles, either using resin beads to convert the minerals in your water into microscopic crystals, or by imbuing your water with a magnetic field that affects the ability of calcium to build up into limescale. If you have hard water in your home, the best way to determine the right water treatment solution is to discuss your needs with your Orem plumber. He can evaluate the hardness of your water and your desired results to suggest and install the right system for your needs.

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