We have a lot of “Hard Water” here in Mooresville and the Lake Norman areas, today we will discuss why and what to do about it.
What is Hard Water?
Having a high mineral content in water gives it the “Hard Water” label. It’s not harmful to drink, but can cause issues to your plumbing, fixtures and appliances. The common way to determine if your water is hard is with your soap, if your soap is extra foamy you have soft water, hard water and your soap is not so foamy and you use a lot more of it.
Calcium and magnesium are the enemies to your faucets and appliances, they come from the ground water and form scale in your pipes, thus restricting water flow. It’s a very scientific chemical reaction that I could define, but it’s probably boring to most people, so we will stay with the simplistic descriptions today.
The way we measure our water is on a pH scale, which ranges from 0 to 14 with 14 being the strongest pH level. In a perfect world, your water would measure a pH of 7, which is the balance we seek, not too soft and not too hard, just right! Low pH, fewer than 6.5, is considered acidic; it probably has too much zinc and iron in it. Water pH 8.5 or higher is classified as alkaline, or “Hard Water”.
So, once we determine the pH of your water, we can address it with a water purification system. The level of your water should clearly define the type of water purification system to be installed, so the 1st step is measure your water.
I never charge for a water test and can do it on-site and in a few minutes. I am always happy to discuss your options and will gladly provide you with a free quote if you need a water softener system installed.
Lake Norman Plumbing