Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Insight on Selecting a Water Softener

Parts of the U.S. have what is commonly referred to as "hard water." Hard water contains increased amounts of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and manganese minerals, but is not harmful in any way. People who live in these areas have to compensate for the problems that hard water creates.

Take a look at some of the signs of hard water:

  • Bathtub rings
  • Soap scum
  • Pipes clogged by mineral buildup
  • Yellowed clothes
  • Lessened foam in soaps and detergents

The most common solution to hard water is to install a home water softener. Water softening involves exchanging calcium and magnesium minerals present in the water with sodium. As the water softener processes gallon after gallon of hard water on a daily basis, the treatment capability of the softener becomes depleted and must be recharged or regenerated. For information about water softeners, or to schedule an installation, call trusted plumbers from Mr. Rooter®. We can help you select the best option for your home or business.