WHEN IS WATER CONSIDERED “HARD WATER”?
Water is considered “hard” when your Plymouth water contains higher levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium. Hard water makes cleaning clothes more difficult, creates streaking on dishes and glasses, and makes cleaning your hair and skin well a challenge. Hard water can also damage your home’s piping distribution system if not corrected. Hard water makes it hard to clean. There are high efficiency filtration solutions that will condition your hard water by removing these hard water minerals through the proven ion exchange water softening process.
While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing your home with excellent water quality. While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site (iron, hardness, pH, total dissolved solids), health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.
WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS
A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water. For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), an “up-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener. Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.
WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION – Radon & Arsenic
Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic. A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with a whole house water filtration system that aerates and agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.
Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing a whole house water filtration system composed of tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply. Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.
In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types whole house water filtration systems or “point of use” systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water. A rotten egg smell in water is likely the result of hydrogen sulfide in your water supply. This can be easily remedied with a whole house water filtration system. Starting with a water test will lead to the right approach. For more information on bad odors & taste in your water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.