Water can be hard. Of course, we’re actually referring to calcium, magnesium, and other miniscule particles like sand, pesticides, microorganisms, minerals and even metals in the water. Groundwater easily dissolves these particles from surrounding soil and rock. These small materials are what make certain types of tap water “hard,” so hard in fact that the water needs to be softened.
Water hardness is determined in terms of grains per gallon (GPG) or milligrams per liter (mg/L). If your water tests at less than 1 GPG, your water is soft. If it tests between 1 GPG and 3.5 GPG, it’s a wash (get it, “wash”?). If your water tests above 3.5 GPG, your water is hard or very hard, depending on the GPG level.
Hard water can cause some problems. For one thing, the calcium and magnesium can scale out of the water, building up on pipes and water heaters, and over time clogging pipes. Hard water also can react with soap to produce a sticky scum rather than letting it lather and wash away. As you probably know, sticky scum is not a good thing for pipes.
No matter where you’re located, Ogden or anywhere else, water softeners help reduce the calcium and magnesium ion concentrations. The resulting “soft water” lowers the amount of leftover scum, buildup and dirt, resulting in a cleaner and more comfortable home.
Call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ogden today. We’ll get rid of those scummy dirt bags who are messing with your pipes. We offer quality equipment choices, knowledge and superior plumbing services—for all your plumbing and water softener needs in Ogden. Call 801-436-8985.