The Difference Between Hard and Soft Water
Believe it or not, water is made up of a variety of minerals like calcium and magnesium. That’s right. It may look clear to the human eye, but under a microscope, you can tell a lot about whether that water is safe to drink.
Water is considered hard when it contains high levels of calcium and/or magnesium. To get a little science-y, calcium and magnesium are positively charged ions, which means that they bond easily with other types of metals. As a result, the water can leave behind hardened mineral deposits, such as crusty residue on your showerhead.
On the other hand, soft water contains low levels of these minerals and instead has higher concentrations of sodium.
Is hard water bad for you?
The short answer is no – hard water isn’t actually harmful to your health. However, it’s potential to create problems for your home is understated – with the power to block your pipes, ruin your water heater, or scaling your faucet head and laundry machines – it’s safe to say that hard water is annoying and inefficient. It can also make your hair or skin more dry and irritable.