Water Quality

Is Your Water Safe?

After moving into our home I knew that one of the first things I needed to do was to get our new well tested. But what was I was testing for? I had found that there were two basic tests that were going to be done. The first was going to be to test for minerals or hard water. And the second was testing for nitrates and coliform bacteria in the water. Both are very important.

Hard Water

The reason for hard water is the excessive amounts of materials - usually calcium and magnesium in your water. These materials can leave hard scaly or powdery substances at areas where water has evaporated. It also tends to make soap less effective causing you to use more soap when washing dishes, cleaning cloths or washing your hair.
Hard Water and Your Plumbing

Hard water can also wreak havoc on you plumbing. Causing clogs, reducing efficacy of your water heater, and causing nasty hard to clean residue on everything that water is left to evaporate on. The level of hardness will help you to determine if you need to install a water softener.
Water Softener

A hard water softeners basic function is to remove mineral that are found in your water. The way that they work is actually very simple. Water flows through beads that attract the minerals found in your water and then provides you with softer water. The dirty work of a softener occurs after the period of time when the mineral attracting beads loose their effectiveness. They get so covered they actually stop attracting the minerals. The way they rejuvenate is by back washing a salt solution, which eats away at the mineral covering, exposes the freshened beads so they are able to work again. The salt solution, which is carrying the minerals are flushed away from your home and you are once again provided with softer water.

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