Hard vs. Soft Water: What’s the Difference?
Hard water gets its name from containing greater amounts of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and other minerals, whereas soft water has smaller amounts. Often, the type of water you have is affected by your property’s location, with different regions of the country experiencing different levels of water hardness.
While hard water is not bad for your health, it can be frustrating to deal with. For example, it can leave mineral deposits on your dishes, inside of your plumbing, and even on your hair and skin when you take a shower. It can also take longer to clean household items, as soap scum is formed when soap reacts with the higher level of calcium in the water.
Alternatively, when you’re washing items with soft water, they’re easier to clean due to less soap scum. Dishes will not appear as cloudy as they sometimes do when washed with harder water, and your pipes won’t experience a buildup of mineral scale. If your house has hard water, you can easily convert it into soft water with the help of a water softener. There are a variety of benefits to having soft water in your home.
Benefits of Water Softeners
Water softeners make a positive impact on a variety of household activities, from washing dishes to taking a shower to drinking water and more. These systems make wonderful additions to Columbus, Ohio homes.
When hard water is heated, solid mineral deposits can form and create a layer of buildup on the inside of your hot water tank and plumbing pipes. This scale causes your equipment to work harder in order to accomplish its normal tasks, making it less efficient and costing you more money. It can also shorten the lifespan of the equipment and clog pipes. Softener systems prevent scale from forming and keeps your equipment operating efficiently, helping you save money.
Have you ever run the dishwasher just to find that your “clean” dishes have a film or spots? This residue is caused by the minerals in your water, and it can be hard to remove. This residue can form when hand-washing dishes as well. With water softener systems in place, the minerals are removed from your water supply before the water reaches your dishes, so there’s no mineral buildup or unsightly residue.
Showering or bathing with soft water will leave you feeling softer and cleaner than if you were to shower with hard water. That’s because soap scum forms when soap interacts with the minerals in harder water. These minerals can also dry out your skin by removing some of its natural oils. Alternatively, soft water forms a nice lather rather than scum when it mixes with soap, and can even help your skin retain moisture for softer, healthier skin.
In addition to leaving you with dry skin, showering with harder water can dry out your hair and give it a damaged appearance. Soft water, on the other hand, helps promote a balanced pH level in your hair and keep it looking and feeling great.
A higher level of minerals in your water can make household cleaning a longer, more difficult process. Appliances as well as dishes run through the dishwasher can end up with a chalky residue, and hand washed dishes can feel slimy due to soap scum. You may also notice a buildup of minerals on faucets and soap scum in the shower. Hard water can also take a toll on your water pressure, as mineral scale lining the interior of your house’s pipes can make it more difficult for water to travel through. Cleaning with soft water can keep appliances and dishes clear of residue and soap scum as well as keep your water pressure at a normal level.
Just as water with a high concentration of minerals can dry out your hair and skin and leave behind mineral deposits, it can have the same effect on your clothing. Alternatively, washing your clothes with soft water means you’re washing them without the extra minerals or mineral deposits, helping to keep your clothes looking clean and feeling soft.
Tastier drinking water
Some people find the taste of harder water to be unappealing due to the calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. Installing a water softener can remove those minerals, giving you improved drinking water quality in terms of flavor. Additionally, soft water can help prevent mineral deposits from building up inside of coffee makers, which can negatively affect the taste of your beverage. Soft water helps keep your coffee and drinking water tasting delicious.
Learn More About Our Water Softening Systems
Softener systems can make a huge difference for how you experience the water in your home. Here’s how they work. Softener systems feature two connected tanks: a water softener tank and a brine tank. Your house’s water line supplies water to the softener tank, which is lined with resin beads. In a process called ion exchange, these negatively charged beads attract the positively charged mineral deposits in the water, pulling them away from the rest of the water. The resulting soft water is then available for use throughout your house.
After a while, the resin beads will be too coated to attract more mineral deposits, and the tank must be cleaned. This regeneration process consists of salt water from the brine tank entering the softener tank and rinsing the mineral deposits off of the resin beads. This water is then disposed, and the system returns to softening your water.
Another way to soften the water in your home is by using an electronic water conditioning system. Rather than using salt, these electronic systems use electricity to create a magnetic field, which water flows through as it enters your house. This magnetic field alters the water’s chemistry and prevents mineral deposits from forming scaling inside the pipes and in other areas of your home.
The system that’s best for you will depend on your specific water filtration and water purification needs.
Fusion2 Water Filters and Conditioners
At Magnetic Springs, we’re proud to offer high-quality Fusion2 water softener systems plus electronic water conditioners and filters.
Brine cabinet softeners
Brine cabinet softeners are compact yet sleek, complete with an advanced electronic valve. Installing these systems is easy thanks to push-button programming and an LED screen, and a tapered chute makes it easy to add salt to the system. The design also allows the brine valve to be serviced without disassembling the entire system, making it a convenient addition to your home’s water system.
Waterite F Series Automatic Control Valve
This control valve is a key component to the Fusion2 collection of filters and conditioners. It features backwash rates up to 27 GMP, integrated circuit boards, multiple sequence programming and proven piston technology. The result is a durable valve that can be easily serviced.
Fusion2 Specialty Ion Exchange Water Conditioners
The Intelogie Ultra is a full electronic system that features brining on a meter and timer, upflow and downflow brining, and multiple possible cycles. Excelclear helps reduce specific contaminants and the mixed bed systems support deionization. These systems are available from .7 to 5 CF with peak service flow rates reaching 25 GPM.
Fusion2 Chemical-Free Paterson Iron Remover
This system oxidizes and removes iron from your water supply by injecting air in order to combat rusty water and iron staining. This system features a fully automatic valve and never requires the use of chemicals.
Fusion2 Multi Media and Special Media Filters
Fusion2 offers a filter that uses multi-media sand and gravel to filter water and reduce the amount of suspended particles in the water. It also uses crushed aggregate to filter water in order to reduce the amount of fine suspended particles. The CENTURION, CENTURION ‘C’ and CENTURION ‘7’ models used acid washed, activated carbon to filter water and reduce the amount of chlorine present, odors and more.
Fusion2 Manganese Greensand and MTM Filters
These filters are especially beneficial for homes that have water with high amounts of iron, manganese and hydrogen sulphide. Manganese greensand is a natural material while MTM is manufactured. These filters require occasional regeneration using potassium permanganate.
About Magnetic Springs Bottled Water Company
Magnetic Springs in Columbus is dedicated to ensuring you always have great tasting water on hand. Our family-owned business has served the state of Ohio since 1972, and we’re proud to carry on that tradition today. In addition to our convenient water delivery services, we offer a range of services to help you get the most out of your tap water. We start by performing a free water test to get a better look at the level of minerals in your water. We can then provide recommendations on the different types of softener systems available and even install the system for you. When you need new salt for your system, we’re happy to deliver that as well.
When you want to soften your tap water at home, you can count on Magnetic Springs to help make that happen.
Free water test
The first step is to evaluate the water in your home. This allows us to understand just how high the mineral content is in your water, a contributing factor when deciding which water system will be the best choice for your home.
Once we know what kind of water you have, we’ll narrow down the list of available systems to the ones that will be the best fit for your home. We’ll discuss these options with you and help you choose the system you’d like to have installed.
Not sure how to hook up a water softener? No worries! The experts at Magnetic Springs are available for system installation, so you can feel confident that it’s attached and working properly.
Most water softeners require a certain type of salt in order to work. Whether you need red salt or white salt, our drivers can deliver it to your residence within 48 hours. Just tell us how much you need, and we’ll bring it to you.
Ready to improve your home’s water quality?
Contact us today to learn more and schedule your free water test.