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The Difference Between Hard & Soft Water April 15, 2019

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The Difference Between Hard & Soft Water, Nixa, Missouri

You have probably heard of hard and soft water before, but you may not know the differences between them. While one is not inherently better than the other, their qualities may lead you prefer one. Here is a guide to help you decide whether you need a water softener system.

Hard Water

Hard water has dissolved solids in it, such as magnesium, calcium, and lime. Water becomes hard naturally when soft rainwater passes through rocks like limestone. The process gives it a more bitter mineral taste. Although many people don’t like the taste, hard water can be healthy to drink because of the minerals in it.

However, the minerals can also cause home maintenance issues, such as white residue or spots on dishes and appliances or even rust on the plumbing fixtures. It also does not mix well with most cleansers, causing clothes, skin, and hair to be rougher and drier. For these reasons, many homeowners use a water softener to get rid of the minerals.  

Soft Water

water softenerSoft water does not leave behind a film, residue, or mineral deposits, making it more popular among homeowners. Also, it may have a salty taste. However, many people choose it because it means longer-lasting appliances and less of a need for cleaning detergents. 

How Hard Water Is Softened

For those who prefer soft water, there are ways to soften the water in your home. Most commonly it’s done via an ion exchange process in a water softener system. The calcium, magnesium, and lime ions that are contained in hard water are exchanged for sodium and potassium ions in a holding tank.

In the tank are resin beads that are coated with potassium and sodium. As the hard water mineral ions are washed over them, the sodium and potassium are released, and the magnesium and calcium are caught. The beads and the hard water mineral ions are then disposed of, and the sodium-charged water that is left is passed into your home’s water system for use.


If you’re experiencing issues with hard water and need a water softener system installed, contact Hewitt-Messenger Well Drilling and Pump Service. They have been serving Southwest Missouri for over 40 years. They have locations in Springfield, Republic, Rogersville, Ozark, and Branson. Call them at (417) 725-8816 or visit their website to speak with a member of their team. 

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