You really shouldn’t ignore Blaine, MN, water hardness. It is annoying and could potentially damage many of the appliances you count on daily. Hard water could even wreck your plumbing. But the experts with Aquarius Water Conditioning have the answer – water softeners from Kinetico. We can check your water and recommend the best Kinetico system for your specific issue.
Everything You Want to Know About Hard Water
Water hardness refers to the amount of dissolved minerals present in water, specifically calcium and magnesium. Hard water is characterized by high levels of these minerals, while soft water has low levels. The hardness level is typically measured in grains per gallon (gpg) or milligrams per liter (mg/L). Water with less than 3.5 gpg or 60 mg/L is considered soft, while water with more than 7 gpg or 120 mg/L is considered hard.
One of the most common problems associated with hard water is the difficulty in creating suds with soap. This is because the dissolved minerals in hard water react with soap, making it less effective. As a result, people often have to use more soap than usual to get the desired level of cleanliness. Additionally, hard water can leave mineral deposits on dishes, plumbing fixtures, and clothing, making them appear dull and dingy. These mineral deposits, known as scaling, can also build up in pipes and water heaters, reducing their efficiency and potentially causing damage.
Another issue associated with hard water is its effect on appliances. Hard water can cause buildup in appliances that use water, such as coffee makers and washing machines, reducing their efficiency and lifespan. In addition, hard water can cause problems with plumbing fixtures and water heaters, leading to leaks and other issues.
Hard water can also have a negative impact on the environment. The excess minerals in hard water can make it difficult for aquatic plants and animals to thrive and cause problems with irrigation systems. Additionally, the increased use of soap and other cleaning products required to counteract hard water’s effects can negatively impact the environment.
Getting Rid of Hard Water
There are several methods of treating hard water to make it more manageable. One of the most common methods is the use of a water softener. A water softener is a device that removes dissolved minerals from water through a process called ion exchange. The minerals are replaced with sodium ions, making the water softer. Another method is reverse osmosis, which uses a semi-permeable membrane to filter out dissolved minerals. Distillation is another method where the water is heated until it turns into steam and then cooled to turn back to water leaving behind dissolved minerals.
If you suspect you have hard water, you should have your water tested by an Aquarius Water Conditioning expert so we can determine the hardness level and help you explore your treatment options.
Talk to Us
Aquarius Water Conditioning has more than 30 years of experience dealing with hard water and other water quality issues. You can rest assured we have the expertise to find out what’s wrong and which equipment will solve the problem. Call (888) 741-9025 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.