Hard Water and Soft Water: What’s the Difference?
If you’re feeling like your hair and skin are dry or that the water from your home’s tap may have an odd taste to it, you’re not crazy. You may instead have “hard water.” This generally isn’t harmful to human health, but it may have an impact on your plumbing. So, let’s discuss the difference between soft and hard water.
The Makeup of These Water Types
Typically, hard water differentiates itself from soft water by its makeup, meaning the “ingredients” in it. Hard water has more minerals in it than soft water does. These are often things like magnesium or calcium. These are okay for human consumption and use, but they can damage your plumbing and pipes.
With soft water, you’re lacking those minerals. As such, there shouldn’t be any posed threats to your pipes.
If your hard water contains these minerals, they can possibly leave deposits within your plumbing. These deposits build up and can reduce water flow – possibly even clogging pipes completely. This is definitely not good for your water use or even for you appliances (like your water heater that relies on a steady flow of water). Don’t let this turn into an emergency, make sure to have a plumber check it out.
Get An Expert to Check and Solve Your Hard Water Issues
There is a solution to this scary possibility! Hard water doesn’t have to be just something you deal with. There are products called water softeners that can essentially make your hard water issues non-existent. The Northwest Indiana Reichelt Plumbing team is happy to answer any questions you may have about hard water and can provide water softeners for your system. Call us now: (219) 322-4906.