Water comprises various mineral compounds and different dissolved impurities and the element that is present in maximum amount include calcium and magnesium. They are solely responsible for making the water soft. The hardness of the water is generally measured in terms of the metrics- grains/gallon. A grain is made of 1/7000th of 1 pound. Water containing the hardness creating elements amounting to more than 7 grains or equal to it is considered hard.
There are several disadvantages put forward by the hard water, for instance they get deposited to the inner lining of the pipes and leads to a scale build up. They tend to delay the process of heating of the water and in the process increases the energy bill to a great extent. Another major ill effect of hard water happens to be damaging your clothes a great deal. Water containing hard elements doesnâ€™t let the cleansing agents such as soaps and detergents work on dirt.
They even lead to discolouring the fabrics and make them look dull. Thus a water softening plant is indeed an important essential to remove the impurities and the dissolved minerals in the water and make it more user- friendly. The softeners are generally minute beads over which the water flows. Hard water is high in sodium content and it is been seen that the sodium jumps on the softening beads and knocks down the calcium and magnesium as well. The softener can be used once the magnesium and the calcium are flushed out of it.
The hard water can be very well used for gardening purposes. They will enrich the soil with the mineral content and thus your plants will grow healthy. Do not wash your car with hard water as it will tend to leave water mark on the car body and thus it is important to have a water softening system in the car parking area.