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Hard Water in the Home

By: Danny Lipford

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. While it’s not considered dangerous to safety or health, it can create costly maintenance problems in the home.

The most effective way to solve hard water problems is by installing a water softener. Most operate by filtering the water through large salt tablets replacing the harsh minerals with sodium. Small units can be installed in cabinets below the kitchen or bathroom sinks.

To solve the hard water problem throughout the house, a larger more expensive unit must be installed to filter the water BEFORE it enters the home. These units are about the size of a water heater and can cost a few thousand dollars, but in the long run, it can eventually pay for itself with the savings in maintenance problems created by continual exposure to hard water.


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  • Harold Throckmorton Says:
    January 6th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    We are interested in one we saw on tv that didn’t take salt to remove lime in the water. We are having problems with this in all our faucets and the hot water heater. Do you know where we can get information on this type of water softener. thanks

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