The Truth about Hard Water

The Truth about Hard Water

Some reasons about the Hard Water

Hard WaterOur cousins, the Bailey’s, live on the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma, on some of the most beautiful land in the country. Although we love enjoying the beauty of the area with them, we always remind ourselves to bring plenty of bottled water with us.  Why?  Because their water tastes different… a bit salty, perhaps.

What’s happening with the Bailey’s water, we found out, is that it’s “hard water.” Hard water is water that has a high mineral content (in contrast with soft water – e.g., rainwater and distilled water) and elevated concentrations of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Typically hard water is not harmful to human health, but it can pose serious problems in industrial settings, where water hardness is monitored to avoid costly breakdowns in boilers, cooling towers, and other equipment that handles water.

So, how can you tell if we have hard water in the home? Besides the salty or overly-mineral taste of the water, you can conduct a simple experiment. Try putting liquid soap into a sink of water, and then agitate it. If suds do not form–or form well–there’s a possibility your water could be hard.

The problem with hard water is that it forms calcium and magnesium deposits that can clog your plumbing. These deposits, called “scale,” tend to be deposited as off-white solids on the surfaces of pipes and heat exchangers, and scale restricts the flow of water in pipes. In boilers, the deposits impair the flow of heat into water, reducing the heating efficiency and allowing the metal boiler components to overheat. Hard water can also eventually lead to pipe corrosion.

For these reasons, it is often desirable to soften hard water.  The professionals at Moon Valley Plumbing can conduct a simple, free sampling of your water to test its hardness and create a plan to soften your water system. Here’s to your health, and the health of your pipes!

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