Soft Water vs. Hard Water

March 6, 2018

Here at Hague Water, we understand the benefits of using soft water over hard water. Since 1960, we have been providing the most state-of-the-art treatment technology to people all over the world, so they can see firsthand the benefits of soft water.

Now that you know there is such a thing as hard water and soft water, let us further your knowledge and explain exactly what makes them different.

Hard Water

Hard water is high in mineral content due to the water absorbing calcium and magnesium from limestone, chalk, and/or marble deposits. Hard water is very common in city and well water. Which means the water from your tap is more than likely hard water. Hard water can cause scaling (mineral deposits), clog pipes, create soap curds causing bath rings, and can impair the flow of water in other water-based appliances. Luckily though, according to the World Health Organization, there do not seem to be any evidence indicating hard water negatively affects humans. It could also potentially have a negative correlation with cardiovascular mortality and drinking-water magnesium.

There are multiple ways to indicate if water is hard water. One of these ways is by mixing soap with the water, once mixed if the solution is lacking foam formation then it’s probably hard water. Another way is to inspect your laundry. Often, the soap scum hard water creates can leave residue on your clothes preventing them from getting fully clean. If this is something you notice post wash/dry, then you probably use hard water.

Soft Water

On the other side of the spectrum, there’s soft water… Hague’s specialty. In contrast to hard water, soft water is not high in minerals, meaning it has few calcium and magnesium ions. Due to there being fewer minerals in soft water, there is nothing to hinder soap from lathering, preventing the formation of soap scum. Since there are no calcium deposits in soft water, appliances with water heating systems are less likely to retain residue and clog pipes. This means your clothes will be clean once they dry and your bathtub will stay cleaner, longer. Rainwater and distilled water are both types of soft water. Often though, to get soft water you have to go through a water softening process through a treatment system such as the WaterMax. To learn more about how water softeners work check out of our blog post How Water Softeners Function.

Now that you know a little bit about the differences between soft and hard water, it’s time for you to make a decision on when you want to take the next step and have soft water is running through your home. Once that decision is made, give us a call (614-836-2115) or shoot us a message. Our experts here at Hague Water will be there to help you through every step on your soft water journey.

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