Post by Megan SullivanAugust 25, 2014 - Author: Amy
Hi all! Today I’ve got a great post brought to you by Megan Sullivan. Hard water is something I know all too much about, so I hope you’ll find this information as helpful as I did!
3 Viable Methods To Soften Hard Water
Hard water causes problems for millions of households across the globe. This form of water has mineral content in high density such as limestone, calcium, magnesium and chalk.
Although the normal water supply includes chorine and other dissolved minerals, the presence of limescale or hard scale often results in loss of efficiency, damage to equipment, and water that is not pleasant for bathing, cleaning, washing and drinking.
The minerals also lead to problems in the sides of pipe lines. Over a period of time, deposits and build up results in clogging, which breaks down the free flow of water, and pipes become too small to enable the fast passage of water. The holes keep getting smaller, causing increased pressure on the pipes, which results in high risk of pipe burst and line deterioration.
When left untreated, hard water deposits will also cause damage to equipment like central heating systems, taps, sinks, kettles and showers. And if the hard scale problem is of high magnitude, the damage to these equipment may not be reversible, raising the need to invest in new appliances, or even replace the whole system.
So, if you’re a homeowner looking to avoid all such problems, it is a good idea to resort to water softening. Softened water through viable methods still contains natural minerals that you need. The following are some of the methods that can be used to soften hard water:
Water filter pitcher
Water filter pitches are one of the best choices to purify water at home, which is the requirement of most homeowners. Most water filters are able to remove cryptosporidium and phthalate contamination from drinking water but those with pitches can remove a wider range of contaminants and a higher level of chlorine, metals, viruses and bacteria.
You might have to go through a two-stage filter process while using a water filter pitcher, where water has to pass through the outlet filter while pouring. Tipping the pitcher will help in flowing the water through the filler, and the locking lid and gasket will keep the system securely sealed while pouring. You may also find that steeply tipping the pitcher makes the process more convenient.
Water softeners remove the mineral hardness from hard water. Most water softeners rely on a process labelled as ion exchange to perform the softening process. In other words, within a softener tank, hardness (calcium and magnesium) in water are replaced with soft water ions (sodium). When the system is no longer able to make the exchange, it starts cleansing (regenerating itself) so that it can again start the exchange process.
Homeowners can also use water softener alternatives that utilize the latest technology and require zero maintenance. Some of the more modern offerings from LifeSource Water systems use zero salt and adds no extra chemicals or minerals, resulting in clean as well as great testing water for the entire home.
Reverse Osmosis (RO)
This is an active water softening solution that works at a low temperature and its consumption of energy is quite economic, so homeowners use it with different applications, such as cleansing of water pollution, desalination of minerals’ reclamation and water filtration.
The dirty water in this processes through one or a combination of retention volume, neutralizer, sand bad, microfilter, and deionizer. It depends on the quality of water required after filtration.
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