Minerals Matter: Exploring the Differences Between Hard and Soft Water

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Have you heard of water softeners or hard water? Understanding the difference between hard and soft water can be confusing, but doing so can help you choose the best type of water for your home and your needs.

What Is the Difference Between Hard and Soft Water?

Water's hardness or softness depends on the content of minerals in water, such as calcium and magnesium. Determining when water is hard or soft is dependent on these measurements:

  • Soft water has less than 17 parts per million
  • Slightly hard water has 17 to 60 parts per million
  • Moderately hard water has 60 to 120 parts per million
  • Hard water has 120 to 180 parts per million‌
  • Very hard water has greater than 180 parts per million

How Can I Tell if My Water Is Hard or Soft?

Because of the molecular level of measuring minerals in water, you can’t tell if water is hard or soft by looking at it. Some common occurrences in your home can alert you to the hardness or softness of your water. Hard water can present itself by leaving rings on your bathtub or an extra effort to scrub soap off your skin. But the best way to find out what is in your water is to schedule a water test. Professionals can take samples of your water and run tests to find what is in it and how to improve your system

Is Hard Water or Soft Water Better?

Both hard and soft water have certain benefits and risks associated with them.

Even though hard water contains more minerals, it does not mean it is contaminated water. Minerals add valuable nutrition when you drink them, but too many minerals in your water can lead to significant health problems. When it comes to taste, some people prefer the taste of hard water because soft water can taste saltier. So, if you are most concerned about the taste of your drinking water, then hard water may be the best option for you.

Soft water can leave less residue around your faucets, sinks, and tubs than hard water, allowing you to spend less on cleaning products. Soft water can also save you money in the long run by needing less heat or soap to wash clothes and appliances. Soft water can make cleansing easier, especially if you have dry skin. If you want to save money on your water bill and want the best water for strengthening your skin and hair, then soft water could be your best option.

Neither hard nor soft water is bad for you. So, choosing which type of water you want depends on your preference and what you will find most valuable.

Get a Water Test and Install a Water Filtration System

If you are interested in learning what type of water you have in your home and making a change from hard to soft water or vice versa, scheduling an appointment with a water treatment expert is the perfect place to start. At Fontus Water Treatment, we can give you on-site water testing results and help you upgrade your water system to your needs.

Contact us at (207) 865-8165 or visit our website to learn what type of water is in your home!

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