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Hard Water – What Is It And How Do You Get Rid Of It?

by Adam on March 31, 2020

We’ve all heard the term “hard water” before. However, few of us truly know exactly what that means. Well, to help mitigate that problem, the professional plumbers and home service experts here at Maine Home Services decided it was high-time we did something about it. So, that’s what we did! In this article, you’ll learn all about what it is, and what you can do to get rid of it. Interested? If so, either continue reading along or just pick up the phone and contact us to get started with a quality test. Either way, you’re bound to learn something, and you might even decide to have us install a water softener or purification system in your home or business!

So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

What Is Hard Water?

Basically, hardness is nothing more than the presence of certain minerals in your main supply. Depending on the type of hardness you have, it causes a slew of problems for home plumbing systems, like mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures and clogged pipes. So, needless to say, it’s not a problem to take lightly.

As we hinted at above, there are different types of hard water. They are temporary hardness and permanent hardness. Let’s explore the two types in a bit more detail:

Permanent Hardness
Permanently hard water is water contaminated with sulfates or chlorides. The most common ones are magnesium sulfate/chloride and calcium sulfate/chloride. Since chlorides and sulfates won’t precipitate from the water with heat, boiling won’t help. To remove permanent hardness, a water softener (ion exchange column) is necessary.

Temporary Hardness
Temporary hardness occurs when dissolved bicarbonate minerals are present. The common bicarbonate minerals present in temporarily hard water are calcium bicarbonate and magnesium bicarbonate. Since bicarbonates precipitate from it when heated, you can remove temporary hardness by boiling. Generally, temporary hardness is nothing to worry about.

How Do You Get Rid Of It?

Getting rid of hardness, again, depends on the type of hardness present in your supply. If you have permanent hardness, then you’ll require an ion exchange water softener. However, if you have temporary hardness, then adding a simple boiler to your system can solve all your problems. For more information on boilers and water softeners, contact our team of plumbing professionals.

How Do You Know You Have Issues With Water Hardness?

Besides noticing plumbing problems associated with it, like mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures, pressure problems, and more, the only way to determine your water hardness is through a thorough quality test. Fortunately, here at Maine Home Services, we offer quality testing services! So, if you’re worried about the quality of your home’s main supply, then don’t fret! Contact us to schedule a quality test today!

Contact The Plumbers At Maine Home Services Today!

If you’re experiencing problems with hard water, then don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. Contact us here at Maine Home Services to schedule a quality test today! We’re always standing by to help!