The Truth About Hard and Soft Water

Most of us have been told that softening is the solution to hard water.

But what exactly is hard water and what does softening do to it? Hard water is defined to have a significant quantity of dissolved minerals. Alternatively, soft water has been treated, exchanging all of those natural minerals abundant in hard water for harmful sodium ions. While it is true that very hard water can cause build-up on steel and prevent soap from lathering, this is only in extreme cases. Hard water also used to be a major problem with steel pipes, but since 1975, pipes have been built with copper which do not react with hard water. Plus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that hard water has no adverse health effects.

Softening, on the other hand, just exchanges minerals for sodium, which then gets transferred to your body and can be damaging for people with high sodium levels. Just drinking two liters of softened water can mean you intake 480 more milligrams of sodium. Plus, water softeners require the user to constantly input salt into the system and then buy another filter system for drinking water since the softened water is too salty and still full of chlorine. Soft water is expensive, time-consuming and not worth it since there is usually a better solution to your water problem.

LifeSource Water Systems is happy to talk with you about your water problems and the LifeSource system will give you maintenance-free, great-tasting water for the best possible price.

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