Not all tap water is created equal. You have probably heard of water being referred to as soft or hard; but what exactly is the difference, and is one better than the other? What type of water do you currently have in your home?
As rainwater falls, it is naturally soft before making its way through the ground and into our waterways. Soft contains few or no extra minerals.
However, minerals are later picked up when water passes through materials that contain them, such as limestone. The result – a high concentration of minerals such as calcium or magnesium – is hard water.
Unsure if which type of water is currently in your home? You can determine the hardness of water by observing how many suds are formed with soap. (There is less lather formation when soap is used with hard water compared to soft water.) With hard water, a white precipitate (soap scum) is instead produced.
When lather is not as rich and bubbly, it causes soap to be less effective. The soap scum which is left behind can also cause dingy-looking clothes, dishes with residue, and bathtubs with film. Scale build up from hard water can even clog pipes and limit the lifetime of appliances, such as water heaters.
Luckily, a water softening system for well water is available to provide the highest quality of fresh water that does not contain these excess minerals. Contact us at (616)-834-2127 to learn more about our advanced water systems.