Hard Water vs. Soft Water: What’s the difference?

All water is the same. Right? When it comes to water it’s never that simple. Approximately 85% of homes in the United States have hard water. Hard water has high mineral content that can leave skin feeling itchy and dry, shorten the lifespan of your appliances and cause buildup that ultimately leads to plumbing issues.

Excessive mineral content in hard water can lead to:

  • Sluggish drainage
  • Corrosion in plumbing
  • Reduced lifespan of appliances
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Residue or water spots on bathroom tiles or tubs
  • Incurring costs of repairs/damages

If you’ve experienced any of the scenarios above chances are your home may run hard water. If you’re still not sure if you have hard water, try this inexpensive at-home test. Take a small amount of dish soap, place it in a container, add faucet water, and then shake. If the soap and water produced a small amount of soap suds then you most likely have hard water. Soft water on the other hand will create a large amount of soap suds. Most water treatment companies can do more comprehensive and scientific tests on your water. You should rely on them for more accurate information about your water.

So how is soft water different?

Soft water has little to no mineral content. Since soft water is free from minerals it is great for your skin and hair, extends the life of your appliances, and leaves no residue or water spots on your fixtures. In many cases, soft water is significantly more effective and efficient than hard water.

The benefits of soft water include but are not limited to:

  • Less staining of surfaces/appliances making for easier cleaning
  • No mineral buildup in plumbing or showerheads
  • Softer skin when showering
  • Increased lifespan of appliances
  • Long term cost savings
  • Environmentally friendly

Have questions about your water? Give us a shout at Waterworld USA. We’re here to help.

Feel free to reach out to us at 281-933-5777 for a free consultation.