Home Soft Water Systems
Home Soft Water Systems
Home soft water systems are probably the most needed water treatment systems in an American home today. This is because almost 80% of American households receive hard water, that is according to some available statistics.
Hard water is water that is has dissolved minerals in it. The minerals that are commonly found in water include calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium carbonate. Hard water comes from underground sources such as aquifers. The water absorbs the minerals when it is in contact with the rocks that contain the minerals.
Under most circumstances, hard water is not exactly a threat to human health. So, you may wonder why people bother to install home soft water systems. Even though there may be no threat to health, hard water does have some unpleasant characteristics that may warrant the installation of home soft water systems.
For instance, the mineral iron and manganese do give water a rather unpleasant smell and taste. They may also give the water a strange appearance. Detergents, shampoos and other soaps may lose their efficacy when water contains magnesium or calcium. This is because the water reacts with the soap and reduces its ability to lather. This means you have to use more soap to get items clean. You will also have to use more water to rinse. Hard water will also form scum, and this can be seen on the bathtub, on tiles and in the kitchen sink. You will also find spots, stains and tarnishes on dishes and cookware.
You may be thinking, “Okay, I don't mind doing a small part, but what can I do”? Well, I am going to give you a small list that you can use for home water conservation and anyone can participate. What is the a nice thing about it is you will not only be conserving water, but over a period of time you will be surprised at how much you will save on your water bill.
1 – At least every couple of months check toilets for leaks or see if they are in need of repair. A running toilet can use up to 150-200 gallons per day. If you are in an older home you may even consider buying new ones. The newer models of toilets use less water to flush and have less parts to give problems.
2 – Turn of the water while you are brushing your teeth instead of just leaving it running. This can save 2-3 gallons a day for each family member.
3 – Use your dishwasher. Dishwater use less water than hand washing. Also, it is really not necessary to totally clean dishes before putting them in. Dishwashers were built to clean dishes on their own. They don't need any help.
4 – If you don't have one install a new water saving shower head and turn it off while lathering up your body or shampooing your hair. These two things along can save you 5-6 gallons of water per minute.
5 – Put your sprinklers on a timer if you water your yard often. Every time you forget and leave them on you waste 1000s of gallons of water.
Home water conservation is something we can all do and should be taught to the children. When they are our age water may be in shorter supply.Also remember to keep an emergency supply of water on hand in case of an unforeseen problem or disaster.