Are you experiencing any of these problems? Your clothes and linen feel rough; your dishes have strange white spots, there’s a build-up of grime and unattractive stains on the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom. If you answered yes to one of these, then you might be experiencing something we in the water industry, like to call hard water.
What is hard water?
Hard water contains a significant amount of minerals such as calcium and magnesium which accumulates in the water cycle. The aqua is safe for consumption, however, in time it can cause expensive and embarrassing issues, such as a costly plumbing bill, damage to your favourite ensembles, as well as ugly stains in the bathroom and sinks, eventually requiring repairs.
Now you might be thinking, sure this might be true but how do I lessen the damage from hard water. Well, a good start would be to install a water filtration system.
Water Filtration System
Just because something can’t be seen, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not there. The primary purpose of a water filtration system is to capture all the unwanted particles, as well as allow filtered clean water through. This process is achieved using a material with “holes” or fine pores. These “holes” can be less than a 1/1000th of a millimetre in diameter, only allowing H2O molecules to go through while trapping viruses and bacteria in the filters.
How a water filter helps the water softening process
Having chlorine in your water is like having cholesterol in your bloodstream. It thickens and hardens anything it comes into contact with.
The water filter works well for this, as it reduces the levels of chlorine and magnesium from your water source by removing contamination, ensuring that you’re left with cleaner and slightly softer water.
With our hurried lives these days, time is precious, and a water filter will undoubtedly save you time in the future, as well as large sums of money.
Once you’ve completed your water filter installation, it would be best to install a water softener, so you’re guaranteed soft water.
What is a water softener?
A water softener is a unit that is used to soften water, by completely removing the minerals that cause the water to harden.
How does it work?
It’s known as the ion exchange. The main component of a water softener is the mineral tank. A separate brine tank is located in the water softener, which uses ordinary salt to make the brine solution. When in operation, the hard water moves into the mineral tank, whereas the magnesium and calcium move into the beads, replacing the sodium ions.
Water is becoming a scarce commodity, and it is essential that we as a country not only use it sparingly but also maintain it to the best of our ability. Apart from boiling water, installing a water filter together with a water softening unit is the perfect solution.