The U.S. Department of the Interior defines hard water at 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon of calcium and magnesium bicarbonates occurring naturally in the water. About 80 percent of the water in the United States is considered to be hard water. Hard water can be a threat to our appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and showers.
Let’s dive into the six myths of water softeners:
- You can soften water without salt. MYTH!
- It appears as though this method has not been invented or discovered quite yet. It is nearly impossible to soften water without the use of salt. However, there are systems that are salt free but these are inhibitors. Other alterative systems use magnetic, catalytic, electric or electro-dialysis equipment. Unfortunately, none of these systems are proven to remove the calcium and magnesium ions from the hard water.
- Removing the calcium and magnesium ions deprive the body from those nutrients. MYTH!
- The ions that are dissolved in the water, which make it hard, do not provide the body with nutrients because the body cannot digest them in a way that will be beneficial to our bodies. This is due to their inorganic form of the ions.
- The softened water will leave a film on your skin. MYTH!
- It is true that your skin will be softer and that soap will lather faster but it will not leave a film on your skin. Since the soap will lather faster, you may need less shampoo and conditioner, perhaps a way to save money (winky face).
- Softeners add extra salt to the water. MYTH!
- We understand the thought process behind this myth but it is not true. The ions exchange during the water softening process. The salts holding the calcium and magnesium and replaces them with other salts.
- Drinking water purified in a reverse-osmosis system or in a distiller will leach essential minerals from your body. MYTH!
- This is an old tale and can even be found all over the Internet. Nothing is purged from your body by drinking distilled or filtered water. In fact, the EPA advocates use of reverse osmosis to remove some substances from drinking water.
- Water from a reverse osmosis system or a distiller will be acidic. MYTH!
- It is true that reverse osmosis and distilled water does have a lower pH level. However, that is because reverse osmosis and distilled water systems remove dissolved bicarbonate solids but not acid-producing carbon dioxide. In fact, without bicarbonates to neutralize it, there is carbonic acid in the water.
We at Hague Water are committed to providing families with clean, purified water and we are also committed to educating our community about clean, purified water. That is why we offer a FREE in-home water test, to make certain that we are all on a path to cleaner water. Be sure to visit our find a dealer page to learn more.
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