According to USGS School of Water Science, “Hardness is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium, and by a variety of other metals. General guidelines for classification of waters are: 0 to 60 mg/L (milligrams per liter) as calcium carbonate is classified as soft; 61 to 120 mg/L as moderately hard; 121 to 180 mg/L as hard; and more than 180 mg/L as very hard.” Different areas of the country, and even the state can have varying levels of water hardness, which can affect our everyday lives. The illustration was taken from http://water.usgs.gov/edu/hardness.html to show where the concentrations of hard water will be in the US.
Why Worry about Hard Water?
There isn’t as much health concern with hard water as there is about expensive repairs and what this type of buildup can do to your home. Many appliances now require soft water in order to guarantee warranties, such as dishwashers, washers, and some hot water heaters. Buildup and scale occur over time because of the concentration of magnesium and calcium. Many plumbing experts will tell you it takes many years to build up, but too often long term subtle problems lead to sudden emergencies that the home or business owner will have to take care of. Moreover, all the homeowner will notice is the sudden problem(s) they have at hand, when most of these types of issues can be avoided by proper water treatment.
Most homeowners prefer soft water because the softer water is more comfortable on your skin than hard water. Hard water can leave residue on your skin after washing hands or taking a shower. This residue eventually leads to scale and corrosion buildups on shower walls, in water heaters, and piping systems. If you suspect your soft water system isn’t working or you have hard water, here’s an easy test you can perform yourself. Wash your hands thoroughly, then before drying them with a towel, lick your hand. If it tastes like soap, then you’ve got a hard water problem or your existing soft water system isn’t performing properly. Call today to have Black Diamond test your water for hardness!
The Hard Water Solution
The solution to having hard water is to install a water softener system. Water softeners perform an ion exchange. They exchange the minerals in your hard water for something else, usually sodium as in sodium chloride, commonly known as ordinary salt.
Water softeners can be installed quickly by a trained plumber from Black Diamond Experts, By having an expert technician install your water softener you get the benefit of having it set up and programmed correctly.