What is hard water?
Throughout your home, you may have noticed a white, rough, gritty build-up of residue on items such as Kitchen, bathroom faucets, dishware and water-dependent appliances such as coffee makers or kettles.
That’s hard water, which is defined as having higher-than-normal levels of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, calcite, gypsum, dolomite and aluminum.
Many cities throughout the province supply and distribute groundwater. As groundwater makes its way through the earth and into things like pipes, wells, and pumps, it naturally collects impurities. Since water is a universal solvent, the minerals listed above dissolve and become absorbed by the water.
Why is hard water an issue?
Excessively hard water has negative consequences on every day activities.
- More soap is required to generate adequate lather.
- Soap scum throughout your bathtub or shower.
- Skin becomes drier.
- Hair becomes brittle and weak.
- Floors, surfaces, and furniture become stained.
- Water marks on dishware, glassware, and cutlery.
- Doors and windows look cloudy after cleaning.
- Water heaters must work harder than normal.
- Harmful scaling in household pipes.
- Appliances become clogged and run the risk of breaking.
STEP 1: REMOVE
Gets rid of dissolved rocks, particles, and minerals.
STEP 2: EXCHANGE
Dissolved rock ions are replaced with sodium or potassium ions.
STEP 3: SOFTEN
Water is cleaned and made softer.
STEP 4: REGENERATE
Brine restores beneficial built-in resin beads.
STEP 5: DISPOSE
Dissolved rocks are removed in favour of sodium and potassium.
STEP 6: PREPARE
Water softener is ready for the next batch of water.
Groundwater collects impurities as it seeps through the ground, goes through your local water works, and eventually, out of your tap:
Now, every city in Ontario utilizes water filtration systems to remove as many impurities as possible. That way, your water is safe to drink.
However, those systems cannot remove 100% of all impurities found in your water.
- Water is forced through a semi-permeable filtration membrane.
- Unwanted minerals are captured and held in place.
- Additional filtration flushes away caught particles permanently.
Why invest in reverse osmosis?
You’ll notice a discernible difference in the quality and effectiveness of water as you use it on a daily basis in 3 specific areas:
Drinking & Eating
- Water tastes fresher and cleaner.
- More flavour is kept in food during cooking.
- Particles which could impact the taste of food are removed.
- Reverse osmosis water delivers the same taste as bottled water.
- Less money is spent on purchasing bottled water.
- Fewer plastic bottles to recycle or end up at the landfill.
- Very little maintenance is required with your reverse osmosis unit.
- Filters should be replaced on a bi-annual basis.
- Replacement filters are affordable and easy to install.