What is the Difference Between Hard and Soft Water
There are two different types of water: soft and hard.
The majority of water in the US is hard water because it is ground water. Rainwater or ground water seeps into the ground and eventually becomes part of a spring or a water source.
When water seeps into the ground it becomes purified naturally. The minerals in the water come from the rocks it touches while seeping into the ground. The minerals that it picks up are usually lime, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium. Once the water has one grain of minerals per gallon it is called hard water.
Soft water have a very low mineral content. Water that is found in rivers, lakes, and collected rainwater is considered soft water. Sodium and other water softeners can remove magnesium and calcium from hard water.
Soft and hard water have pros and cons. Usually, hard water will taste better because of the mineral content. Mineral water and spring water are marketed as tasting good.
Hard water is also a good source of calcium and magnesium which are good for your health. Research has shown that people who drink hard water do not suffer from as many illnesses as people who drink soft water do. Unfortunately, hard water can corrode pipes due to deposits it leaves behind. This type of damage can shorten the natural lifespan of various home appliances. Hard water can also leave annoying water spots and stains on dishes, sinks, and more.
Skin and Hair
When it comes to skin care, soft water is the better choice. It does not contain any minerals that can irritate your skin. It also does not leave a film that will dry your skin out. As a result, soap will be rinsed more effectively leaving the skin softer and healthier. Additionally, soft water helps dishwashers and washing machines function better and without the need to use more detergent. This saves you money and your clothes end up being softer, brighter, and cleaner.
Staining surfaces with minerals is also eliminated when using soft water instead of hard water. You also save money because your home appliances will last longer and work better. Soft water will also help save you money on the wear and tear of clothing as well as energy savings.
Soft water does not taste very good though. The flavor of salt water is considered salty and flat especially when a water softener has been used to remove any minerals.
Knowing about the water in your Chattanooga home is important. Call Metro Sewer and Plumbing at (423) 855-0967 to learn more about treatment options!