This expert, unbiased water softener buying guide will help you choose the right water softener for hard water problems. Includes salt-free water softeners, dual-tank softeners, and more.
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A water softener (often misspelled "water softner") solves hard water problems. Hard water is simply water that is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium carbonate, and manganese. If you find that soap and shampoo don't lather well, dishes have spots, the bathtub has a ring, laundry looks dingy, and the coffee maker has scale deposits, your home probably has a hard water problem.
Though these natural minerals don't typically pose health risks, they can create damaging deposits in your plumbing, water heater, and other water-using appliances, and make washing dishes, clothing, skin, and hair more challenging.
Solving Hard Water Problems
Hard water comes from aquifers and other underground sources that collect dissolved minerals from rock-particularly calcium, magnesium carbonate, and manganese. These minerals give water undesirable characteristics that collectively are dubbed "hardness". The severity of hardness is measured by grains (of mineral) per gallon (GPG) or, in some cases, by parts per million of mineral (PPM). One GPG equals 17.1 PPM.
What Is Hard Water?
Technically, any water that contains more than 1 GPG of dissolved hardness minerals is considered hard, but, realistically, water with up to 3.5 GPG is relatively soft. Water with more than 10.5 GPG is very hard. Between these extremes is typical, moderately hard water. You can buy a water test kit on Amazon.
Hard Water Problems