Posted by Leon Rosen on January 11, 2015
Yep, it’s a fact that no matter where you live in the US, we all have some degree of “hard” water. What exactly is “hard” water vs. “soft” water anyway?
Hard water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with "soft water"). Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of calcium and magnesium-containing minerals such as limestone, chalk and dolomite.
Hard drinking water is generally not harmful to one's health, but can pose serious problems in industrial settings, where water hardness is monitored to avoid costly breakdowns in boilers, cooling towers, and other equipment that handles water. In domestic settings, hard water is often indicated by a lack of suds formation when soap is agitated in water, and by the formation of limescale in kettles and water heaters. Wherever water hardness is a concern, water softening is commonly used to reduce hard water's adverse effects.
More than 85% of American homes have hard water. Moderately hard waters are common in many of the rivers of the Tennessee, Great Lakes, and Alaska regions. Hard and very hard waters are found in some of the streams in most of the regions throughout the country. The hardest waters (greater than 1,000 ppm) are in streams in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona, and southern California.
If you want to determine if your home has hard water, there is an easy test strip called the Aquadur which can be purchased at most hardware stores or you can request one free of charge from www.hardlessusa.com.
Most people don’t really know the difference between hard and soft water but there are some significant quality of life and health benefits associated with using soft water over the hard water that comes out of your home’s faucets. Take for example just making a pot of coffee. Municipal water supply systems will have chlorine and other minerals in the water. Many times you can actually taste this in the water and it does adversely effect the taste of your coffee. Many of the newer coffee makes actually have a built in water filter so the tap water can be better suited to make a better cup of coffee.
A number of homes have installed under the sink water filtration units that will make the water “soft” when it comes through the various stages of filtration. But this only makes the water coming from this faucet better the rest of the house is still experiencing the negative effects of hard water.
Until recently, the filtration systems available for the “whole house” were very expensive and required constant maintenance with adding heavy bags of salt pellets, etc.
But even with all of the cost and hassle, the benefits of having soft water throughout the home out weighted the costs because you have high quality drinking water from every tap and not needing to purchase bottled water again. Or, protecting your pipes and expensive appliances like the dishwasher. Not to mention the health benefits to you and your family.
These systems range in cost from $2,000 to $3500 and require a number of hours of an expensive plumber’s time to install. Plus, they take up a large footprint because of the size and number of tanks required.
A small group of Israeli engineers knew there had to be a better way of improving the water quality. After extensive testing and filing for patents, they came up with the “Hardless NG” whole home water filtration system. With over 40,000 units installed in Israel where the municipal water system has some of the hardest water anywhere, the benefits of soft water are being enjoyed. They knew the system worked and decided to offer it with an eight year limited warranty which is better than most of the larger and more expensive tank system on the market today in the US.
The Hardless retails for one third the cost of the conventional systems; is easy to maintain; saves thousands of dollars with affordable, easy to replace filters and best of all, it takes a professional plumber less than 2 hours to install!
To get more information, go to www.hardlessusa.com.