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What is HARD WATER

What is HARD WATER

You’ve heard of hard water, but what is it actually? How does water become hard in the first place? Why is some water hard and some soft? Are there different degrees of water hardness? Is hard water good or bad for your family? How do you find out how hard your water is and should you be doing something about it for your family? If so, what can you do? Relax, I’m going to explain it all to you starting right now! The definition of water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water, typically expressed in ppm or gpg. The harder the water, the higher the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in your water. Water systems using well water as their source, as opposed to surface water from lakes and rivers, can become affected by water hardness, because when water moves through soil and rock it dissolves small amounts of naturally-occurring minerals and carries them into the ground water supply. Water is a natural solvent and dissolves calcium and magnesium, so if the minerals are present in the soil around a water-supply well, those minerals are absorbed and the water becomes hard. Typically when water is flowing through deposits of limestone, chalk or gypsum it becomes hard from absorbing the calcium and magnesium. Water hardness varies throughout Canada and the United States. In areas of the country where the water is relatively hard, home owners and industries invest money to soften their water, as hard water will buildup inside pipes damaging equipment like coffee makers, washing machines and dish washers. Hard water can even shorten the life of fabrics and clothes. But to most homeowners, water hardness means that the home becomes much more difficult to keep clean. If your water source is from a lake or river, your water will likely be soft. What happens if your water is hard? Basically, the calcium and magnesium that was dissolved into the water that made it hard, now coats and leaves deposits on everything it comes into contact with including your pipes, fixtures, dishwasher, shower doors, dishes and your families skin and hair. Water, that is not wiped up immediately, when it comes into contact with any surface, leaves a scaly, hard residue that is very difficult to remove and that residue builds up layer after layer and needs to be removed with a strong, not environmentally friendly acids. How hard is too hard? This YouTube video of mine    • How Hard is TOO H...   explains that anything above 4 gpg (60 ppm) of hardness will cause scale buildup and staining, we call this moderately hard water. Water with a hardness of over 10 gpg is very hard and becomes very problematic with more extreme symptoms and cannot be used with tankless, on demand water heaters or UV disinfection systems as they would soon render them useless, due to the scale buildup. Once we get over 14 gpg of hardness, or extremely hard water, you will get major buildup everywhere. ry skin and hair. Washing your hair frequently with hard water can leave your scalp feeling itchy. The minerals in hard water can also change the pH balance of your skin, weakening it as a barrier against harmful bacteria and infections. People with eczema may be especially vulnerable. If you notice problems with dry skin and hair, you may want to look into a water-softening system for your home. To learn how a water softener works, check out my YouTube video here    • How Does a Water ...  . Basically through an ion exchange process your families water is softened through out your whole house. https://waterestore.ca/collections/wa... Click here for your next video on water softeners and I’ll see you there!    • Water Softener Ba...   Any questions or comments about this video or water softeners in general? Please enter them below, I read them all and would love to answer yours. LOVE GARY THE WATER GUY AND WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WATER FILTRATION FOR YOUR FAMILY? HERE ARE SOME NEXT STEPS! Sign up to keep in touch with Gary! https://mailchi.mp/waterestore.com/su... 2) LET’S CONNECT! https://www.facebook.com/WaterEstore/ https://twitter.com/WaterEstore https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-... https://www.instagram.com/Water_Estore/ https://www.instagram.com/WaterStoreM... 3) CONTACT! info@WaterEstore.com or info@WaterStoreMidland.com 4) SHOP! Midland https://www.WaterStoreMidland.com Canada https://www.WaterEstore.ca USA https://www.WaterEstore.com Please share this video    • What is HARD WATER