How do you know if you have hard or soft water?

Water in the United States is one of the safest in the world to drink. This is thanks to the Safe Water Drinking Act (SWDA). Enacted in 1974 by the U.S. government, the SWDA applied standards to public water systems to make sure what came of the taps in homes and businesses was safe to drink without any filters or chemicals. And, while this has helped for many decades, recent issues in places like Flint, Michigan have made people consider doing more to make sure their water is as free as chemicals as possible for them and their children.

One of the ways to do this is to apply a water softener. Companies like Chicagoland Water Conditioning and others across the U.S. offer treatments to minimize the harshness of some water systems as well as the liquid which comes from rural wells. To explain this, we need to discern between hard and soft water.

When we say “hard water” it simply means it contains more minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium, than what you would find in something you drank which came out of the tap.  The best way you may be familiar with hard water is in the shower as soap will not dissolve off of your skin. Hard water has its purposes. For instance, it’s used for cooling various metals and is also utilized in boiler units.

“Soft water” is the result when ions which make the water hard are removed. It’s also the act to remove excessive iron ions. To soften water, a unit is attached to a water source. When activated, the hard water is feed into the unit, ions are removed, and soft water comes out of the tap. Not only is this better to drink, but soft water helps maintain pipes from being clogged, reduces the amount of lime buildup on shower and tub surfaces, and allows your washing machine and dishwasher to perform a better job a removing dirt from surfaces.

How do you know if you have hard or soft water? The best thing to do is see if your water company has a way to test this out. They may be able to supply you with a Water Softeners Chicago kit free of charge to improve the way it tastes and works.