What is the difference between soft,hard and filtered water? If you live in Orlando or the surrounding areas chances are you have very hard water. So what is Hard water? Hard water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with “soft water”). Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of chalk and limestone which are largely made up of magnesium and calcium carbonates. How do you resolve a hard water issue. The best way to resolve hard water problems is by installing a water softener. How does a water softener work? When freshly regenerated, the beads become full of sodium ions from the water softener salt. As hard water passes through the water softener system, the magnesium and calcium ions are attracted to the resin beads. There, sodium ions are exchanged for the hard water ions.
So most people get confused and think that a water softener actually filters the water. This is far from the case water softeners only soften the water. To filter and get contaminants out of your water system you will need to install a whole house filter. Which usually consists of activated carbon, one pound of carbon has a surface area of roughly 125 acres and can absorb literally thousands of chemicals. The best way to protect both your home and your family is to install both a water softener and a whole house filter. This will work best to protect your home and appliances from hard water build up and also protect your family from harmful chemicals. If you have any questions about your plumbing call Drain Genie Plumbing Services at 407-490-1230.