When it comes to the question "Hard Water vs. Soft Water", people are usually most concerned about their potential health effects. In this post, we'll take a thorough look at this topic to help you understand why water softeners are essential to your health.
What is hard water and soft water?
First, let's briefly understand what hard and soft water really is. Hard water is rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium. When hard water flows through pipes and other water supply facilities, it creates what is called the "crust", which is a harmful crust.
Soft water contains low concentrations of these minerals. In areas where hard water is endemic, this is achieved by using a water softener.
Testing water is the safest way to determine if water is hard or soft. Hard water also causes very visible damages to your home. Debris can be found around drains, shower heads, faucets, and other fixtures and objects that come into regular contact with water.
Another way to measure the hardness of water in a house is to look at local government data. In certain areas, due to the natural composition of the soil, there is characteristically hard water.
Hard and soft water: Health problems
Now that you understand the difference between hard and soft water, let's look at the health problems caused by each type:
Drinking soft water vs. hard water:
Whether you prefer the taste of hard water to soft water depends on your taste. Therefore, when it comes to drinking soft or hard water, it is far less important about taste than your health. Soft water does not make us gain weight, neither makes us lose any weight.
The good news is that calcium and magnesium (two minerals that primarily cause water hardness) are not harmful when ingested. However, they create some negative externalities.
Soft water is very safe to drink even for most healthy people. People tend to worry about elevatedlevels of sodium, which is characteristic of soft water. Hard water contains only a small amount of sodium and has not reached levels harmful to healthy adults.
Always consult your doctor if you have a medical condition that can be exacerbated by high sodium intake. Some doctors recommend that you do not drink soft water. If so, you can install a special faucet that bypasses the softener. This gives you access to soft water for drinking and cooking, but soft water is used for other appliances and faucets.
Drinking hard water and drinking soft water are relatively comparable in terms of your internal health. Neither should be adversely affected.
Hard water and soft water on the skin:
The effects of hard water on the skin are like those on the hair. Mineralization dries your skin and forms a film that affects your hygiene. Studies show that hard water can also cause eczema and increase the susceptibility of people who are already ill. Children are particularly at risk, and hard water poses a major threat to families.
When it comes to hard and soft water on the skin, soft water once again shows its strengths. It does not contain minerals that cause eczema or other types of skin damage. Some of these effects (that is, the film that forms on the skin) can be avoided by using more hosiery soaps, but the increased risk of eczema cannot be avoided. A water softener is your only remedy.
Health: Other Hard Water Issues:
Hard water is also causing havoc in your home and wallet, as if the health effects of hard water weren't bad enough. Mineralization discolours your sinks, tubs, and other water facilities. It also gets in the way of the washing machine and requires the use of more detergents and softening agents to clean it.
What is the solution?
A Water softener!
Water softener is the best solution to mitigate these harmful effects. They are by no means cheap in advance, but the benefits of their long-term health, home, and bank -balance make it more want-able.
Netsol Water can provide a complete solution to your water softening needs from installation to servicing for homes, businesses, etc.