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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 generally good for our health. Soft water is the complete opposite, it refers to water that has been treated to remove all of the healthy minerals by replacing them with salt.

Treating Hard Water
Softening water has been accomplished through a process called ion-exchange since the invention of water softeners in 1903. There have been improvements made to water softeners since invention, but the basic process has been unchanged for over100 years. This process has been useful for reducing scale buildup on fixtures and appliances, but modern science understands that these benefits come at a cost. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the removal of the healthy calcium and magnesium in the water is not good for public health.

Another 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 to 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, require no salt, no electrical power, and no maintenance.Contacting LifeSource can help you find the perfect solution for your water.

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