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Hard Water vs Soft Water

Most of us have been told that softening is the solution to hard water. To understand if this is a good solution we must first understand the difference between hard water and soft water. Hard water is water that contains a high amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Although these minerals can cause problems in machines such as hot water heaters, these minerals are good for humans. On the contrary, soft water is the complete opposite. Soft water refers to water that has been treated to remove all of the healthy minerals by replacing them with salt. This salt can either be in the form of sodium chloride or potassium chloride.

Treating Hard Water

Softening water has been accomplished through a process called ion-exchange, using a device called a water softener that was invented in 1903. There have been improvements make to hard water conditioning systems over the years, but the basic process has been unchanged for over 100 years. This process for treating hard water has been useful over the years for reducing scale buildup on fixtures and appliances, but modern science understands that it comes at a cost. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that hard water is good for our health, as the removal of the healthy calcium and magnesium in the water create is not good for public health.

Hard Water VS Soft Water

The other issue with softening water is that the water needs to be treated again before drinking. This is done by installing a reverse osmosis system under the sink. Reverse Osmosis systems remove the salt that was put into the water by the water softener.


Using a water softener to accomplish hard water conditioning creates another issue...maintenance. Salt must be constantly added in order to treat hard water using a traditional water softener. The only way to enjoy maintenance free water in the home is to use a modern, salt free, hard water conditioning system. These systems, like the LifeSource ScaleSolver, requires no salt, no electrical power and no maintenance. Contacting LifeSource can help you find the perfect solution to you water. A LifeSource system will give you great-tasting, maintenance-free water for the best possible price.

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