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Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water

Hard and soft water both have disadvantages, and the best practice is to find a good balance somewhere in the mildly to moderately hard range. Hardness of water is measured by the grams of calcium per gallon (GPG). While soft water has less than 3.5 GPG, hard water can have over 7 GPG.

Wenatchee, WA Water Softener ServicesWhat is Hard Water?

Hard water is water which contains an extensive amount of calcium and magnesium. The two bind when they leave water to form mineral or scale deposits.

Scale sticks to everything, from pipes to countertops to clothes. and is next to impossible to completely remove from all surfaces once it binds with these surfaces.

Scale Deposits Are the Culprit of Clogs

Scale deposits lead to clogs in the delivery system. It also does major damage to appliances, such as water heaters, which have to be replaced so much sooner than water heaters with softer water. Also, while scale can completely clog a pipe, sometimes it does not.

Scale can eat through pipes, leaving small holes through which water leaks into ceilings, floors, and other places inside and outside the building.

If the water damage in your Wenatchee home is repaired but the pipes are not, the building can have repeated problems with water damage and leaky faucets which have a mysterious cause. The only way to fix this is to call in an experienced plumber, who can name hard water as the culprit.

What is Soft Water?

On the other hand, soft water can cause its own problems. Not only is it not drinkable, this type of water destructively pulls sodium and lead from the delivery system.

This leeching of metals makes soft water highly corrosive. Besides this, soft water may back up into toilet tanks and attack important plumbing plugs, creating trouble with or without signs of cause.

If a building’s water is too hard, a salt-based softener can be added. These work by replacing magnesium and calcium with sodium or potassium.

Salt-water softeners should be directly connected to the hot water system of a building, however, leaving the cold water for drinking, washing dishes and clothes, and bathing.

If the water is too soft, there’s not much that can be done to harden it. However, baking soda added to washing machines can help clean clothes better, and rinsing in cold water can help make the rinsing process faster in your Wenatchee home.

Knowing the differences between hard & soft water in your Wenatchee, WA home is important. For more info, call Allied Plumbing & Pumps at (509) 662-6622 today!

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