Exactly What is Hard Water?
What is hard water? It’s a big problem for many households, causing more than just soap scum and ineffective lather, by actually damaging water-using appliances. It’s also a big expense, raising the cost of utilities substantially over the course of a year. So what is hard water to ScaleSafe Home? It’s a conquerable challenge; a problem with a clear solution.
It might seem like the most obvious choice for fixing water hardness would be with a water softener. However, water softeners can be problematic. That’s because what causes hard water is the presence of minerals in the water, especially calcium and magnesium. Water softeners remove these minerals from the water by replacing them with sodium or potassium. This reduces the hardness of water, making chores easier and extending the life of your appliances. Unfortunately, a water softener is a real water waster, is hard on the environment, and tough on your plants. Did you know? If you water your plants with soft water, it causes salt to build up in the soil, robbing the plants of nutrients and eventually killing them.
ScaleSafe Home: The Safe Solution for Water Hardness
Additionally, when you use softened water, it creates a salt runoff in your city’s wastewater. Even if you don’t water your own yard with softened water, just by taking showers, using the toilet, and washing clothes, you’re sending salt-treated water into the water source that irrigates city parks and agriculture, damaging the soil. In some areas, wastewater with high salt content can have lasting detrimental effects on natural bodies of water, and the fish and plants living there.
If you have softened water, it’s probably not advisable to drink it. If you are on a low-sodium diet, it is not recommended for consumption. If you chose an alternate solution buy purchasing a reverse osmosis unit, it wastes about a gallon of water for every gallon it treats. It’s easy to see why both solutions are water wasters.
There are several alternatives to traditional water softeners, including capacitive deionization and electromagnetic water treatment, but these solutions can be costly and complicated. The ScaleSafe Home system provides a cost-effective answer for water hardness, with a unique system that breaks down the scale in your pipes while preventing more scale from forming. As ScaleSafe breaks down of the calcium carbonate that creates the buildup, it also forms a microfilm coating that deters both scale and corrosion. It works on all types of water, and the ScaleSafe Home material meets all ANSI, NSF 60 and USDA standards for potable water.