Water can be hard. Of course, we’re actually referring to calcium, magnesium, and other tiny particles like sand, pesticides, microorganisms, minerals and even metals in the water. Groundwater naturally dissolves these particles from surrounding soil and rock. These tiny materials are what make certain types of tap water “hard,” so hard in fact that the water needs to be softened.
Water hardness is calculated 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 difficulties. For one thing, the calcium and magnesium can scale out of the water, sticking to and building up on pipes and water heaters, and after a while clogging pipes. Hard water also can react with soap to produce a sticky scum rather than letting it lather and wash away. Obviously, sticky scum is not a good thing for pipes.
No matter where you’re located, Albany or anywhere else, water softeners help cut back the calcium and magnesium ion concentrations. The resulting “soft water” lowers the amount of leftover scum, buildup and dirt, giving you a cleaner and more comfortable home.
Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany today. We’ll do away with those scummy dirt bags who are messing with your pipes. We offer quality equipment choices, knowledge and excellent plumbing services—for all your plumbing and water softener needs in Albany, 24/7/365. Call 518-417-2938.