What Is Hard Water?
Hardness is nothing more than the presence of certain minerals in your primary supply. Depending on the type of hardness you have, it causes many problems for home plumbing systems, like mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures and clogged pipes. So, it’s not a problem to take lightly.
As we hinted at above, there are different types of hard water. They are temporary hardness and permanent hardness. Let’s explore the two classes in a bit more detail:
Permanently hard water is water contaminated with sulfates or chlorides. The most common ones are magnesium sulfate/chloride and calcium sulfate/chloride. Since chlorides and sulfates won’t precipitate from the water with heat, boiling won’t help. Instead, to remove permanent hardness, a water softener (ion exchange column) is necessary.
Temporary hardness occurs when dissolved bicarbonate minerals are present. The common bicarbonate minerals present in temporarily hard water are calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate. Since bicarbonates precipitate from it when heated, you can remove temporary hardness by boiling. Generally, temporary hardness is nothing to worry about.
How Do You Get Rid Of It?
Getting rid of hardness, again, depends on the type of hardness present in your supply. If you have permanent hardness, then you’ll require an ion exchange water softener. However, if you have temporary hardness, adding a simple boiler to your system can solve your problems. For more information on boilers and water softeners, contact our team of plumbing professionals.
Contact The Plumbers At Dependable Rooter & Plumbing Today!
If you’re experiencing problems with hard water, then don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. Contact us here at Dependable Rooter & Plumbing to schedule a service call today! We’re always standing by to help!
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