Most of us have heard of hard water and soft water, but what’s the actual difference? And does it matter? Home Water Solutions, a whole house water filter system company based out of Loveland, CO, and Hayden, ID, specializes in offering water filtration systems for your home or business. We offer reverse osmosis water filtration systems so you can have the cleanest water possible and not have to worry about contaminants or pollutants in your water. In this blog post, we’ll take a hard look (pun intended) at hard and soft water. Contact us today to learn more!

WHAT IS HARD WATER?

What makes water hard is the fact that it has more minerals in it. This is a natural process, and has nothing to do with contaminants, pollutants, or heavy metals. Basically, as water filters through the rock in the earth, it picks up minerals from the surrounding rock. Minerals from limestone, chalk, or gypsum are mainly made up of calcium, magnesium, and sulfates. These natural minerals are not harmful, and some even have health benefits. Hard water is most noticeable from well water, but hard water can crop up in city water as well. The amount of mineral content varies across the country based on where you live.

So why do some people complain about hard water? Home Water Solutions notes that hard water can leave behind stains. This is because when sitting drops of water evaporates, the minerals stay behind. This can affect appliances and pipes that have these minerals build up that then have to be scrubbed out. Clothes can look dingy when washed, dishes can have spots on them, and bathrooms, where there are frequently little drops of water evaporating, end up with lots of film and stains, which can be difficult to clean up. Your hair may feel sticky as well when washed in hard water. Moreover, household appliances often use more energy when using hard water versus soft water. All of this is caused by the minerals in the water, which are highly resistant to soap.

WHAT IS SOFT WATER?

Rain falling from the sky is soft water. Soft water is basically water with little to no mineral content in it. It has little ions in it and very low content of calcium and magnesium. If also feels soft to the skin. Water can go through a water softening process, which is taking hard water and making it into soft water. This extends the lifetime of plumbing and appliances since there is no build up from the minerals in pipes, hoses, and the like. Overall, hard water is better to drink since it contains essential minerals your body needs, but soft water is better to clean with since it doesn’t cause the aforementioned problems.

HOW HOME WATER SOLUTIONS CAN HELP

Home Water Solutions in Loveland and Hayden offers the best water filtration system through using reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is a water filtration system that passes water through a very tiny membrane that catches particles and debris, leaving only pure water behind. We offer free water tests so you can learn what’s in your water. Contact us today to get started!