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Eliminating Hard Water

Hard water causes a number of problems to different parts of the plumbing system of your property. These prevent the development of suds when using soaps, cause minerals to up in heaters, cause the build-up of scales in taps and pipes, cause appliance parts to corrode, and make any washed clothes feel dull. Interestingly, they do not cause health problems.

As they can be quite annoying, they need to be removed. Eliminating hard water requires that you use one of the following systems:

1. Magnetic Water Softeners
This system, which does not involve the use of chemicals, is considered the safest when it comes to making drinking water softer to eliminate it. These have magnets which, in turn, create a magnetic field. The magnetic field, in turn, removes calcium and magnesium ions and impurities from water. These are set up near a source of water inside or outside the water pipe.

2. Shower Water Filters
These work really well at high water flow rates and high temperatures. The technology in this system, also known as Kinetic Degradation Fluxion, allows the electron exchange between harmful contaminants. The electron exchange sometimes renders some dangerous chemicals and compounds, like lead and chlorine, harmless.

3. Water Filter Pitchers
Pitchers are a safe and cost-effective way to purify drinking water. Other than removing cryptosporidium and phthalate contamination from water, these also help remove a lot of other contaminants. Water filter pitchers are BPA-free and are effective even if water has high levels of chlorine, microorganisms, and metals.

4. Ion-Exchange Water Softeners
This system softens water with the help of a couple of tanks: brine tank and resin tank. The hard water passes the resin tank, which has resin beads filled in it. Here, any magnesium and calcium ions are moved to the resin beads until they get saturated. Once this happens, the water then goes to the brine tank, where any sodium ions will replace the magnesium and calcium ions removed in the resin tank.

5. Softener Salts
Softener salts are zeolite materials placed inside a large water tank. Water goes into the tank, and magnesium and calcium ions are then removed and replaced with sodium ions right away. Any saturated minerals are replaced with brand new ones in order to facilitate the proper softening of water.

6. Reverse Osmosis Filters
These filters can be used at low temperatures. Many of them have a membrane made of cellulose acetate, which functions within room temperature. These filters have a number of parts like a chlorinator, anthracite filter, sand bed, activated charcoal filter, and a degasifier neutraliser.

For hard water in your plumbing system to be truly eliminated, however, a water softening system should only be properly installed by a skilled and well-equipped plumber. It must also be properly maintained.