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What is the difference between Hard and Soft Water? – WD Heating

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WD Heating Common Asked Questions

What is the difference between Hard and Soft Water?

Hard Water is water that contains a quantity of dissolved minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

Soft Water is treated water which only contains sodium

When rain falls the water is naturally soft. As it hits the ground and makes it way through and eventually into our natural waterways if can pick up minerals along the way such as chalk, calcium and magnesium. As hard water therefore contains minerals it is often the preferred drinking water due to perceived health benefits and or the taste. Soft water can taste salty and is sometimes not suitable for drinking.

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So why do we soften our water?

The main difference with hard and soft water can be observed mostly when undertaken household chores. Hard water is to blame for clothes looking dingy, plates and dishes with spots and residue and bathtubs left with a layer of soap scum. You have probably noticed a difference when washing your hair when on holiday when the water has been harder and your hair may have felt sticky and dull. The elements of hard water are to blame for all the negatives highlighted as any soap is less effective when it reacts with the magnesium and calcium in harder water. You will notice that any lather is not as bubbly.

As far as plumbing is concerned the main thing to remember is that hard water can take a toll on household appliances as well as using more energy. This may result in problems over time with your plumbing systems requiring emergency plumbing repairs if you do not maintain to a acceptable level.

If you have any plumbing needs get in touch with me, Warren at WD Heating and I will help you out. From installation of new systems to repair and maintenance I cover it all. I am based in Halifax and can also cover any emergency plumbing repairs.



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