How to Soften Hard Water
For the benefit of those who don’t know what hard water is, here’s a short description: hard water is a type of water that’s composed of high concentration of minerals such as calcium, lime, manganese, etc. It may seem that this type of water has some sort of health benefits due to the prevalence of calcium and magnesium, but it has quite a downside. Since there is too much minerals in the water, it can cause sediment build-up to plumbing fixtures. Apart from that, it also leaves unpleasant stains. If you want to soften hard water then you should try out these methods.
1.Purchase a Water Softener
Before anything else, check the water first if it’s actually hard. There are some test kits available in the market to check the hardness of the water. If the test results show that the water is indeed hard then you might want to purchase a water softener. In buying this type of equipment, it’s important to factor in the size as well as the type so that it can effectively soften the water coming out from all the fixtures of your house.
It’s not just the appliances that you have to worry about but also the people who will be using the water. You see, there are types of water softeners that replace the mineral content with potassium. If you’re familiar with potassium then you know that it can cause adverse effects to those who have kidney problems. Aside from potassium, sodium chloride is also present in various water softener units. Fortunately, you can add a reverse osmosis filter to eliminate the potassium or sodium present in the water. There are also water softeners that are salt free and make use of nanotechnology to eliminate excess minerals. After purchasing and installing a water softener, be sure to maintain it properly.
2. Boiling the Water
Is your water softener is broken or is still under repair? Don’t fret, there is a temporary solution for softening the water. It’s not as effective as water softeners since it’s just a makeshift fix. The first thing you need to do is boil the water for five to ten minutes. After that, let the water cool down for around one to two hours. The water needs to be cooled so that the minerals will gather at the bottom of the container. Once you’re done waiting, you can drain or scoop the top water.
3. Softening Water for Laundry
Water conditioners can actually trap and remove a few minerals in hard water. However, you need to use water conditioners that are ‘non-precipitating’. Using ‘precipitating’ versions can cause scaling to the fabrics of your clothes as well as the washing machine. Add the conditioner and wait until the water feels sort of ‘polished’ or foam starts appearing. You will then need to add another conditioner when you’re rinsing the clothes.