Water hardness level refers to the level of mineral content found in the water. Hard water has excessive amount of calcium and magnesium that are transferred and dissolved in water through rock and soil. These waters cause various mechanical and aesthetic problems. In order to avoid any effects of hard water it is necessary that use install whole house water softener. This will help you to safeguard your house and family from the side effects of hard water. Water softeners reduce the level of calcium and magnesium from the water thus, making them softer. Filtered water are suitable for domestic use as they do not have excess mineral content. However, in order to install water filter it is important that you check whether the water you are using is hard or not.
Ways to identify hard water
There are variety of ways by which you can identify hard water. You can identify the hard water by certain domestic ways or you need to call the water inspectors to detect the hardness of the water. Some of the ways by which you can identify the hardness of water are as follows:
- Hard water leaves a whitish unsightly scale in the pipes, pots, dishes, etc. These whitish scale are an indication that the water you are using in your house is hard water.
- It can also be identified with the calcification of shower heads, taps, etc.
- If you find that your pipes are flowing less water than look for a whitish scale in the pipes. If the whitish scale is present than it means that your water has high hardness level.
- You may even find soap scum on the washbasins, bathroom walls, bathtubs, etc. Hard water forces soap to leave a filmy and sticky soap scum on the skin which causes itching and can also make the skin dull.
Use of water softeners for hard water treatment
Water softeners are water purification systems that are used for reducing the hardness level of the water. These water softeners reduce the level of mineral content from the water namely; calcium and magnesium. The calcium and magnesium get attached to the tank consisting of ion-exchange beads. These beads attract calcium and magnesium and replace them with sodium. These waters can then be used throughout the house for different purposes. Water softeners reduce the risk of health hazards that come with the use of hard water, thus making them safe for consumption.
Use of water conditioners for hard water treatment
Water conditioners are also used as a means for the treatment of hard water. These water conditioners retain the calcium ions that are suspended in the water. However, they reduce their tendency of formation of limescale. Water conditioners allow you to revel in the benefit of calcium present in the water as they are considered as good dietary material. In simple words, water conditioners remove the side effects of calcium in the water in the form of limescalerather than removal of calcium altogether. Use of water conditioners is debated as they do not work in every situation.