Striking a balance between the taste and health benefits of hard water and the purity of softened water is a common plumbing challenge.
Sometimes plumbing can be such a mystery. Hard water? Soft water? Isn’t water just…well….water? Not quite.
When water rains out of the sky, it’s naturally soft. However, that same water then soaks into the ground and makes its way into our waterways. Along the way, it passes through different types of soil and sediment, picking up minerals like lime, calcium and magnesium. By the time it reaches the underground systems that supply our homes, it has some degree of “hardness” or minerality.
Many people actually prefer to drink hard water because of the mineral content. It can have a superior taste, and offers a natural source for important minerals like calcium and magnesium. On the other hand, soft water can taste a bit salty. It is not always suitable for drinking, and can even be a danger to those with kidney problems and high blood pressure. This is the result of the softening process, which replaces the dissolved minerals with sodium. If you are currently following a low sodium diet, then you should probably avoid softened water.
So why bother softening your water at all?
Well let’s use household chores as an illustrative example. Do your whites come out of the washer looking dingy, or are there water spots on all your dishes and glassware? That’s the result of hard water. Does it feel like you have to use half a bottle of shampoo to get a decent lather when you’re in the shower? Hard water. And the filmy residue that rings the bottom of your tub? You get the picture.
How can you strike a balance?
Thankfully, there are a few solutions. Reverse osmosis, distillation, and deionization all provide the taste and health benefits of mineral water, while making water soft enough for showering and household chores. Your local plumbing professional can do a water analysis and determine which solution is right for you.
If you’re in Statesville, North Carolina, then Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning is the company to call. Not only are we familiar with the area (and its water), we pride ourselves on finding the right solution unique to each individual. Click this link or call us today at 704-873-1749 and we’ll help you take care of all your water softening and plumbing needs.