What’s The Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water?

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Did you know that the type of water you have in your home can impact your family and your plumbing? Whether you have hard water or soft water you will experience differences between the two. So what type is best for your family and home?

Hard Water. Hard water is harsher when it comes to its impact on your home and family. Hard water is filtered naturally by the ground through mineral deposits and rocks and not through any chemical processes.

With the extra inclusion of certain minerals, it can be beneficial to your health.  However, it can take a toll on hour skin, hair and nails because it can cause the natural oils to become trapped and clog your pores.

Having said that, hard water can wreak havoc on your appliances because of those extra minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals can build up and create deposits, which also build up in your pipes causing more wear and tear. In some cases, you can see your high-efficiency appliances lose efficiency and water heaters lose some years on the job.

With hard water, it is important to keep up with your plumbing maintenance plan.  And, you can add such items as water purifiers and clarified soaps to handle the skin issues for your family. If you want to take it further, you can also add a water softener to your home.

Soft Water. Soft water is often more desirable because it is kinder and gentler on your bodies and on your plumbing.  Having soft water run through your pipes ensures a better life span for your appliances and water heaters. Not to mention, soft water can save you a substantial amount of money in energy costs because it prolongs the life of your energy efficient appliances.

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