Water is an important entity in the home, office or any environment for all consumers. However, regardless of the vast amount of water around, not all water is drinkable. Potable water must be processed first due to various factors; one of them is hard water.
Hard or Soft Water
Potable water can be hard or soft; hard water has several components such as dissolved lime and chalk as well as other minerals which can cause scales on surfaces of contact. Hence, one can find sinks, water basins, toilet bowls, taps and shower heads spotting some deposits over time. There are more potentially costly results caused by hard water which may be hidden such as clogged pipes and the breaking down of water pumps or central heating components.
Soft water is preferred by most consumers as they give more benefits such as cost, taste and better health over the long run.
An area which requires potable water may be supplied with hard or soft water depending on the water supplier and the available facilities, cost and type of water. Hard water may not be healthy for certain categories of consumers such as infants, pregnant women and the elderly. Hence, water softeners should be installed in the home or premise.
Soft water can be generated from hard water using water softeners. Soft water is preferred as it has been researched that soft water is more effective on certain types of dry skin conditions like eczema. It is reported over some research that eczema sufferers experienced a reduction of skin inflammation through the use of softened water.
Softened water has a calming effect on psoriasis which is another type of skin condition. A UK dermatology research linked hard water skin condition on adults who were exposed to an unusually higher level of hard water during their childhood.
Soft water is calculated to offer more cost savings to the consumer from its installation, maintenance, servicing and replacement of components such as softener system, wires, switches, and hoses. These are very durable and efficient in usage in many residential electrical applications such as water heating system, washing machine, dishwashers, and showers.
The distinct higher efficiency of using soft water in hot water heater systems reduces scale build up and loss of heat.
More cost savings is also enjoyed with the lower amount of washing components used with soft water; less soap, shampoos, conditioners, detergents and cleaning agents are required with soft water.