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Hard Water

Why is my laundry difficult to get clean and why are there never any bubbles in the bath?
Water hardness is the likely cause. Hardness prevents soap from lathering by causing the development of an insoluble curdy precipitate in the water and typically causes the buildup of hardness scale (as seen in an electric kettle or coffee maker). Dissolved calcium and magnesium salts are primarily responsible for most scaling in pipes, water heaters and cause numerous problems with laundry as well as the kitchen and bath.

What is the root cause of hard water?
Water hardness is typically caused by water leaching over, or through, common calcium containing minerals such as limestone (a form of calcium carbonate), chalk (a form of calcium sulphate) or dolomite ( a common magnesium bearing mineral).

Treatment options
The equipment chosen to remove hard water is typically dependent on whether or not you are looking for point-of-use (POU) reduction or a point-of-entry (POE) reduction. Hardness reduction for POU is dealt with by reverse osmosis technology, while whole home harness reduction is accomplished with ion exchange (water softener). Ion exchange water softeners will physically exchange the hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) with sodium ions. The resulting water will be devoid of any (or severely limited) hardness ions which cause hard water and the detrimental effects that hard water has in the home.

Benefits of soft water
There are many benefits of using softened water, here are just a few: