Hard water effects on your home in massachusetts

Hard Water needs Water Softener


Most peo­ple know what a water soft­en­er is but are unfa­mil­iar with the neg­a­tive effects of hard water, which is water that has a high lev­el of the min­er­als Cal­ci­um and Mag­ne­sium.  These min­er­als, over time, can adhere to the inside of your plumb­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem.  There are destruc­tive phys­i­cal con­se­quences of this, as well as the inabil­i­ty to achieve nor­mal dai­ly clean­ing tasks such wash­ing your dish­es, your hair, skin or any sur­face in you home.

Water soft­en­ing is the process of remov­ing hard­ness and some oth­er unwant­ed min­er­als from the water, thus reduc­ing (or even revers­ing) these adverse effects.

Here is a quick list of why hard water needs to be treat­ed:

  1.  Hard water can form deposits that cause clogged pipes and plumb­ing trou­ble.
  2.  Hard water makes it hard to clean around your home.
  3.  It reduces the heat­ing effi­cien­cy of a boil­er and can cause overheating/failure.  High effi­cien­cy water heaters often have water specs that can ren­der your war­ran­ty null and void if not com­plied with.
  4.  It can lead to gal­van­ic cor­ro­sion.
  5.  It can cause tur­bid­i­ty in swim­ming pools.



Water Softener for Wellesley

The above chart shows lev­els of water hard­ness which can be iden­ti­fied with a water test. Any­thing from the yel­low high­light­ed “sligh­ly hard” and above may result in scal­ing on plumb­ing fix­tures and inside pipes, dull laun­dry, streaky glass­ware and will make it “hard­er to clean” your skin and hair than with soft water. For more infor­ma­tion on hard water, see the link at the Water Qual­i­ty Asso­ci­a­tion web­site at http://staging.wqa.org/Learn-About-Water/Perceptible-Issues/Scale-Deposits.


Scale build up can also reduce the pipe open­ing diam­e­ter through which the water heater pulls water from.  This makes the water heater work­er much hard­er and reduces its use­ful life.  Min­er­al build up can also neg­a­tive­ly affect oth­er water appli­ances in your home like your dish­wash­er and wash­ing machine as well.  This is eas­i­ly reme­died with a prop­er water soft­en­er instal­la­tion.


hard water water softener in massachusetts



Through the water softener’s Ion Exchange process, hard­ness min­er­als are “exchanged” for very low lev­els of sodi­um ions. The exchange, or water soft­en­ing, is made pos­si­ble because the min­er­als are ion­ic in nature (often called ion­ized impu­ri­ties), which means they have an elec­tri­cal charge. The ion exchange is based on the fact that like-charges repel one anoth­er and unlike-charges attract. The result­ing sodi­um that is released is very low and only a poten­tial con­cern for some­one on a pre­scribed, low-sodi­um diet.

For more infor­ma­tion on bad odors & taste in your water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

H2O Care, Inc. is an established Massachussets based, full service water testing and filtration company, formed in 1989 (Offices in Middleton and Hudson, MA).  The company’s publications on common regional water quality problems in this region can be seen in Water Technology Magazine at our website in the publications section  at: http://www.h2ocare.com.  We can be contacted by phone at 800–539-1100 or by email at [email protected]