What Is 'Hard Water'?

What Is 'Hard Water'?

Hard Water

What is hard water?

The most common problem found in homes is the water. Hard water contains dissolved hardness minerals above 1 grain per gallon (GPG). Common minerals in water include: calcium, manganese, and magnesium.

How is hardness of water measured?

The hardness of water is determined by parts per million (PPM) or grains per gallon (GPG). Keep in mind that 17.1 PPM=1 GPG.

Why should hard water concern me?

Hard water can be a problem by making everyday tasks much less efficient. When water is softened, only about half the soap is needed to wash dishes or do laundry. Hard water can also be a skin irritant when used for bathing.

Who will test my water for hardness?

If you are connected to a municipal supply, call your Superintendent or City Hall. If you are on a private well, YOU are responsible for the safety of the water you drink and use. You should test your well for bacteria at least once a year, and for other contaminants at least every three years.

My water is hard, what should I do?

If your water tests over 3 GPG hard, then you should mechanically soften it with an ion exchange water softener.


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