Anyone who has hard water problems in their home and wants to solve them is aware that there are some obstacles to overcome. Water treatment, like any other industry, has a number of difficult-to-understand terms. However, by gaining a basic understanding of this terminology, you will be able to make more informed decisions.
If you have hard water in your home, it may appear that you've entered a whole new world. It's a lot to take in between system research and a completely new vocabulary.
What is the Hw, GPG, PPM and HWC?
Learn some water softener terminology and why it's important to become a confident and informed shopper to help ease the learning curve and make you a confident and informed shopper.Let's go over four of the most common water softener terms you're likely to come across.
1.HARD WATER or HW
Hard water is water with high concentrations of dissolved minerals. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, and iron, and they are added to the water as it passes through different rock and soil strata. These minerals are invisible under normal conditions, but when the water evaporates, they leave behind a crusty white scale. This is probably visible on your faucets, shower screen, and plumbing fixtures. However, there will be scale deposits hidden within your plumbing system and water-using appliances.
2.GRAINS PER GALLON, or GPG
This is a unit of measurement used to show the hardness of water. A grain of calcium carbonate weighs 65mg, and if it is dissolved in 1 gallon of mineral-free water, the water has a hardness of 1gpg. Soft water has a hardness of less than 1 gpg, while hard water has a hardness of more than 7 gpg. Most water softeners have a gpg rating that indicates how effective they will be in your home.
3. PARTS PER MILLION or PPM
Some water softeners measure hardness in parts per million rather than grammes per gallon. They still function the same way, but it can be difficult to compare two different water softeners if one is rated in gpg and the other in ppm.
If you need to compare two water softeners in this manner, there is a simple conversion: 1 gpg = 17.1 ppm.
Iron levels in water are typically measured in parts per million (ppm). Iron levels as low as 0.3 ppm will cause unsightly brown/red stains on your faucets and/or plumbing fixtures. Installing a water softener that can remove iron will permanently prevent the formation of these tenacious stains.
4.CAPACITY OF THE WATER SOFTENER
Every water softener has a capacity that is measured in cubic feet or gallons. To be on the safe side, it may be tempting to simply purchase the largest water softener available, but this will be inefficient. So, before purchasing a new water softener, determine how much water you require. The primary factor will be the number of residents, but the volume of water used will be greater during the summer months.
If you select a water softener that is too small, you will not have enough soft water, and frequent regenerations will be inefficient. As a result, it isrecommended that you contact a water treatment specialist in your area. They can assist you in locating the best water softener for your needs and installing it for you.