What is Hard Water vs. Soft Water?

What is Hard Water vs. Soft Water?

What is Hard Water vs. Soft Water?Hard water refers to water that has a substantial concentration of calcium and magnesium. Soft water, on the other hand, has very low concentrations of these minerals. The process of water becoming hard is a fairly simple one. While rainwater is initially soft, once it hits the earth, seeps into the ground, and comes into contact with limestone, the water dissolves the limestone. Limestone contains calcium and magnesium that also get dissolved, which stays in the water and “hardens” it. Although this sounds innocent enough, once water becomes hard, it travels through your city’s pipes or lands in your well water. From there, the hard water ends up in your home, where it can negatively impact your daily life. To get a better idea of the opposing effects of hard water vs. soft water, consider the following:

  • Soft water lathers more easily than hard water, which can help you save money because you won’t have to use as much soap
  • Hard water can shorten the lifespan of your water-using appliances, such as your dishwasher and washing machine
  • Unlike hard water, which has drying elements, soft water leaves your skin and hair feeling silky and moisturized
  • Hard water can result in limescale buildup in your pipes, reducing the water pressure in your faucets

If you’ve noticed yourself combatting the negative effects of hard water and are ready to experience life with soft water in your home, then RainSoft can help. Having first opened our doors in 1953, we’ve helped countless people learn about the joys of having soft water. To become one of these people, you simply have to contact us. We’ll be happy to arrange a date and time for one of our knowledgeable representatives to visit your home and perform an in-home water hardness and drinking water test. We perform the test, which is fully complimentary and commitment-free, right in your kitchen and make sure to explain the results to you immediately.

Take the first step toward learning about your water by contacting RainSoft today.

Water insights Know Your Water

Whether your water comes from a well or municipally treated source, it may contain impurities that cause it to taste or smell bad or create other problems in your home.

A reliable water analysis is the only way to identify the specific impurities in your water that make it less than ideal for household use.

You can buy a DIY water testing kit, but you’ll get more reliable results and helpful solutions with a complimentary in-home water test from the experts at RainSoft.

Schedule Your Free Water Analysis

Get a free in-home consultation with a RainSoft water conditioning expert.

What’s in your water? A RainSoft test is the first step toward resolving your water woes. We’ll send a water treatment expert to your home to test your tap water, explain the results, and recommend the best solutions to meet your specific needs.

Tap Water
Enjoy your water the way it ought to be, straight from the faucet!

Does your water taste bad? Does it leave a chalky residue on your counters and fixtures? No matter what problems you’re having with your tap water, RainSoft has the perfect solution.

Drinking Water
No more lugging home bottled water from the store!

A RainSoft drinking water system can supply all the healthy and delicious water your family needs, plus help the environment by reducing the number of plastic bottles in the waste stream.

Ice & Water
Imagine the fresh taste of highly filtered water, conveniently delivered from your refrigerator door.

You can have a RainSoft drinking water system plumbed to your refrigerator’s ice and water dispensers to enjoy that crisp, clean taste in slushies and other frozen treats.

Your dishes can go straight from the dishwasher to the cupboard!

A RainSoft water softener can eliminate filmy stains on glassware and utensils, so they look sparkling clean after your dishwasher’s rinse cycle.

Coffee & Tea
You’ll be amazed at how delicious beverages taste when prepared with RainSoft filtered water.

After your RainSoft drinking water system is installed, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in the flavor of coffee, tea, soup and other refreshments prepared with water from your kitchen.

Tub & Shower
Wash away the effects of a hard day without the hassles of hard water.

Enjoy luxurious lather, softer skin, and manageable hair after washing when you have a RainSoft water conditioner installed in your home.

Discover how better water can help keep your bathroom cleaner.

Are there stubborn stains in your sink or crusty deposits on the faucet? RainSoft softened water will help keep your bathroom fixtures sparkling clean.

Prevent hard water from damaging your toilet and bathroom plumbing.

Over time, the limescale buildup caused by hard water can lead to costly plumbing repairs. A RainSoft water conditioner can help prevent premature wear and tear on your toilet.

Enjoy cleaner laundry and potential cost savings with CleanStart® from RainSoft.

With CleanStart® eco-friendly technology, your washer will get clothes clean with no need for harsh detergents and heated water, thus potentially saving you money on soap and energy bills.

Water Heater
A RainSoft water conditioner can help your water heater last longer.

If your home receives hard water, your water heater must work harder, thus potentially cutting its life expectancy and increasing your energy bills. A RainSoft water softener is the solution.

Improve the taste of chilled water and ice with a RainSoft water purifier.

Bottled water just doesn’t measure up to receiving clean, crisp-tasting water right from your refrigerator door. RainSoft can deliver this convenience by plumbing your purifier to your water and ice dispensers.

Are you tired of seeing filmy spots on your dishes after a wash?

Don’t blame your dishwasher. Hard water leaves a residue that’s especially noticeable on glassware. Eliminate the problem with a RainSoft water conditioner.

Coffee Maker
Your favorite coffee will taste even better when prepared with water from a RainSoft purifier.

A RainSoft water purification system will remove the impurities in your water that can affect the flavor of coffee, tea, and lemonade – leaving you with a much-improved taste sensation!

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