Water can be hard. Of course, we’re really referring to calcium, magnesium, and other miniscule pieces of matter like sand, pesticides, microorganisms, minerals and even metals in the water. Groundwater easily dissolves these particles from surrounding soil and rock. These small materials are what make some types of tap water “hard,” so hard in fact that the water needs to be softened.
Water hardness is calculated in terms of grains per gallon (GPG) or milligrams per liter (mg/L). If your water tests at less than 1 GPG, your water is soft. If it tests between 1 GPG and 3.5 GPG, it’s a wash (get it, “wash”?). If your water tests above 3.5 GPG, your water is hard or very hard, depending on the GPG level.
Hard water can cause certain difficulties. For one thing, the calcium and magnesium can scale out of the water, collecting on pipes and water heaters, and eventually clogging pipes. Hard water also can react with soap to create a sticky scum rather than letting it lather and wash away. Clearly, sticky scum is not a good thing for pipes.
No matter where you’re located, Elkhart or anywhere else, water softeners help cut back the calcium and magnesium ion concentrations. The resulting “soft water” lowers the amount of leftover scum, buildup and dirt, giving you a cleaner and more comfortable home.
Call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Elkhart today. We’ll do away with those scummy dirt bags who are messing with your pipes. We offer quality equipment choices, knowledge and excellent plumbing services—for all your plumbing and water softener needs in Elkhart, 24/7/365. Call 574-218-6404.