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WATER SOFTENER CONSIDERATIONS

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The EPA has no maximum levels set for calcium and magnesium (the hardness minerals) in drinking water. These minerals can have aesthetic, even damaging affects on your home’s plumbing as well as your ability to clean. Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task, including washing dishes, laundry and taking a shower. Clothing can look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. Dishes and glasses get spotted and film may build up on shower doors, bathtubs, sinks and faucets. Washing your hair in hard water may leave it feeling sticky and dull. Finally, hard water can cause a residue to build-up in pipes that can lower water pressure throughout the house. Hard water contaminants found in the well water supplying homes in Andover, MA can be removed with a water softener. The main hard water minerals are magnesium and calcium. Also commonly found in Andover are iron & manganese. The EPA maximum allowable levels for iron & manganese as secondary contaminants are .3 parts per million and .05 parts per million, respectively. Small amounts of these minerals can have large affects on your home’s water quality.

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DAMAGING HARD WATER SCALE UNCHECKED

There are different types of water softeners, including up-flow versus down-flow which can make a big difference, particularly if there are elevated levels of iron in the water. Also, high efficiency softeners use much less salt and water in the equipment’s regeneration cycle. For a full discussion on what hard water is, see the link at Hard water described.

See the following chart categorizing hard water levels. Compare your test results:

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OTHER AFFECTS OF HARD WATER, IRON & MANGANESE

Some of the affects include corrosion and scaling inside pipes, major staining throughout the home’s showers, bathtubs, and sinks and destruction of hot water heaters way ahead of their useful life. Aside from some of the affects mentioned above, hard water scale can also build-up inside hot water heaters insulating the temperature sensor inside the tank causing them to work much harder to bring the temperature up to the set level. This will reduce the useful life of your hot water heater and require early replacement. For those using their well water for outside lawn irrigation, iron and manganese can cause major staining of outside walkways, house siding and anyplace the water touches. See the link at http://lawn-irrigation/.

WHAT DOES A WATER SOFTENER REMOVE?

A water softener is effective in removing dissolved forms of iron & manganese and hardness minerals. To remove particulate iron or manganese, a cartridge filter with proper micron rating will be effective. Depending on the specific situation, this could require a series of filters with different size micron ratings to handle heavier levels in the water.  Selecting the appropriate micron rating and style of filter can be determined by a water treatment professional based on water test results and other symptoms. For more information on Iron and Manganese in water, see articles in Water Technology Magazine at: http://publications/.

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 DISSOLVED IRON STAINING

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton, MA on route 114  and Hudson, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978-777-8330.

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