Many people don’t know if their home plumbing uses hard water or soft water, but knowing the difference between the two can have an important impact on the water you use in your home.
Although both hard water and soft water are completely safe to consume, there are key distinctions between the two — often leading many to favouring the filtered taste of soft water.
Triton Plumbing & Service offers a comprehensive water softening treatment system to ensure that your plumbing system – and your water – are cleaner than ever.
Let’s examine the differences between hard water and soft water, and why this knowledge is crucial for you and your pipes.
What Is Soft Water?
Soft water is water that has been refined through a filtration process that removes min-eral deposits, such as calcium and magnesium, from the water.
Typically, soft water is found in areas that contain a lower mineral level.
Naturally occurring soft water comes from rainfall or rivers that do not contain high lev-els of mineral deposits.
Although both soft water and hard water are safe to drink, many prefer soft water for its smooth, pure taste.
What Is Hard Water?
As opposed to the more filtered soft water, hard water is water that contains a very high mineral content.
Mineral deposits make their way into the water when it flows through rocky regions that are naturally rich in limestone or chalk.
Those who regularly consume soft water, especially in rural areas, may notice that hard water has a murky appearance and a noticeable taste.
Hard water also may leave traces of minerals on drink ware and appliances and cause problematic buildup in appliances and machinery.
How Does It Affect Your Plumbing?
If you’re living in a mineral rich region, you may experience plumbing issues as a result of hard water.
The high mineral content in hard water can lead to buildup and clogging in your plumbing system.
That white chalky gunk that can build up on the end of your showerhead is one of the most obvious and visible examples of this.
If you’re experiencing poor drainage, problematic mineral buildup, or lower water pres-sure than normal, you may be experiencing the negative side effects of hard water.
How Do I Tell If I Have Hard Or Soft Water?
The best way to determine if you have hard or soft water is to contact a knowledgeable plumbing technician who can inform you of your water’s mineral content.
Here at Triton Plumbing & Service, our experienced plumbing inspectors can evaluate your home’s plumbing system, from drains to appliances, to help determine the best path for you and your pipes.
According to a City of London report, London’s water is about 101-119 PPM, which is considered on the high side of “moderately hard”.
If you live in a mineral-rich region, let us help you keep your pipes clear of any mineral deposits or install a water softening system to avoid problematic mineral buildup.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
If you’re concerned about the mineral content of your home’s water, our expert techni-cians can inspect your home and help you enjoy cleaner, fresher water.
Here at Triton Plumbing & Service, we’ve done our research — our water softening treatment will ensure that your pipes are running smoothly.
We also offer general water filtration systems to help you get the best quality of water in your home, even if your water is already soft.
If you want to ensure that you’re receiving the cleanest water possible, contact Plumb-ing & Service.