How to Tell If You Have Hard Water vs. Soft Water

You’ve come to the right place if you’re wondering how to tell if you have hard water vs. soft water. The professionals with Aquarius Water Conditioning have been helping people who experience a wide variety of issues involving water quality. We’ll provide you with a Kinetico water purification system to eliminate those issues for good. Here’s a brief look at what makes water hard and how we can help you eliminate it.

Water 101

How to Tell If You Have Hard Water vs. Soft Water

You might not know that the vast majority of homes in the U.S. – about 85 percent of them – have hard water. What makes water hard (or soft, for that matter) is the amount of magnesium and calcium it contains.

  • If water has fewer than 17 parts per million (ppm) of those minerals, it’s considered soft.
  • If it has 17-60 ppm, it’s slightly hard.
  • Moderately hard water has 60-120 ppm.
  • Hard water has 120-180 ppm.
  • If it has more than 180 ppm, it’s considered to be “very hard” water.

It’s important to note that hard (and moderately hard) water isn’t hazardous and is not what some would call “contaminated.” It just has an excessive amount of calcium and magnesium. Some people think hard water tastes worse because it has a high mineral content, while others don’t like soft water because it tastes different. So, it’s more a matter of opinion than anything else.

Hard water can be a problem because it can cause issues with water lines. This can make appliances work overtime, like washing machines and refrigerators. Also, if you have an older home with pipes made of galvanized steel, calcium and magnesium deposits can lead to potentially costly clogs.

A home with very hard water could potentially cause health concerns. Ingesting too much magnesium has increased the risk of diarrhea and possibly kidney problems.

How to Treat Hard Water

Aquarius Water Conditioning has the answer for hard water in your home – a water softener from Kinetico. We’re incredibly proud to carry a wide range of Kinetico products, and they’ll all have your water soft and pure in no time.

When you get in touch with us, we’ll send a technician to your home to test the hardness of your water. Once we find out how extensive the problem is, we’ll be able to recommend the best Kinetico solution. We’ll then install the right system for your home, and you’ll be able to enjoy a reliable performance for years to come.

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Aquarius will come to your home and test your water for a variety of issues such as contaminants, hardness, minerals, chlorine, sediment and more. For Free. No obligation. Learn what is in your home’s water today.

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Why Choose Aquarius?

The experts with Aquarius Water Conditioning have helped people for over three decades. Our company is committed to total customer satisfaction and delivering unmatched quality. When you work with our company, you can rest assured that we’ll always work in your best interests. We won’t try to talk you into buying something you don’t need – that’s not our style.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how to tell if you have hard or soft water. If you have questions, contact Aquarius Water Conditioning online or call us at 888-741-9025.

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