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The Differences Between Soft & Hard Water

Posted on October 21st, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

What Is The Difference Between Soft And Hard Water?

Did you know that approximately 85 percent of U.S. water is considered hard? Hardness is determined by the types and amounts of minerals present. Soft water has less calcium and magnesium — but what exactly does that mean? Here’s a look at the differences between soft and hard water:


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Detergents generally perform better in soft water, because the minerals that tend to interact with cleaning products are absent. Hard water, on the other hand, isn’t ideal for cleaning. It can be tough to lather, and it tends to leave soap scum and limescale behind.


Soapsuds come easily in soft water, making it ideal for body washing. Soap is less effective in hard water; it doesn’t easily foam, and the water can leave a filmy feeling behind.


There’s no major difference between soft water and hard water when it comes to cooking. However, it’s easier to clean pots, pans, dishes and utensils in soft water. Some claim that the minerals in hard water make it taste better.


Soft water is generally easier on pipes and appliances. That’s because hard water leaves behind residue that can clog up your home’s plumbing.

If you’re unhappy with the hardness of your home’s water, Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric can help. Our professional design methods and installation procedures are the cornerstone of our business, and following codes and guidelines set by national, state, and local plumbing code enforcement is one of our highest priorities.

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