Water Types

 

 

 

What is soft water?

 

Soft water has a low concentration of calcium and magnesium ions. Areas throughout North America have soft ground water. Hard water is readily converted to soft water via water softeners. In a water softener, calcium and magnesium ions are removed and sodium or potassium are released in exchange.

 

 

What is hard water?

 

Hard water has a high concentration of calcium and magnesium and possibly iron. Symptoms of hard water are soap scum and hard water spots. Hard water calcium and magnesium react with soaps and chemicals to form an insoluble, sticky residue that is difficult to remove.

 

 

What is hard water with dissolved silica?

 

Hard water with dissolved silica is an extreme form of hard water. Silica is common in well water, but usually at low levels. High levels of silica can increase the rate of corrosion of glass and produce water spots that are difficult to clean. One indicator of this problem is spots on glass cleaned in the high heat /high humidity environment of your dishwasher.

 


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