Signs of High Mineral Content & Hard Water
In most cases, the presence of hard water is not difficult to detect. Look for the following signs around your home. If you see any of these, you have hard water.
- White deposits in sinks and tubs
- Spots and streaks on glasses
- Red, rough hands with a burning sensation
- Freshly laundered clothes feel rough
- Faucets and fixtures that are corroded
What is Hard Water?
Pure water contains nothing more than two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Unfortunately for us, water is seldom pure. In fact, the majority of all the water in the United States is water that is considered hard.
Hard water is water that has become contaminated with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, manganese, iron, lead and limestone. Water is considered to be a universal solvent. Given enough time, water dissolves everything it comes into contact with.
When water falls as rain, in seeps into the ground and heads straight for the water table. On it’s way down, it comes into contact with anything that might be in the soil. The water dissolves pockets of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, manganese, iron, lead, limestone and whatever it comes into contact with. The water is no longer pure H2O and it transports some of these contaminants with it down to the water table.
Effects of Hard Water
Hard water leaves behind mineral deposits on virtually everything. Up to 70% more soaps and detergents are needed to get things clean. After shampooing your hair, the mineral deposits left behind leave your hair feeling rough. You may find that the minerals in the water cause your hands to turn red and rough. The minerals are left behind in your freshly laundered clothes making them feel rough. Pipes will become clogged over time as mineral deposits build up. As pipes become clogged water pressure will be reduced. Mineral deposits will build up in your water heater reducing heating efficiency and shorten its life. Residents of the home may have stomach problems that will not clear up.
Benefits of our Conditioning Filter
All minerals in the water will be eliminated. Your water will no longer contain all the calcium, magnesium and manganese.
- Hair, skin and stomach problems will clear up
- Fully automatic operation
- Adjustable cleaning cycle
- Durable and dependable
- Low maintenance
How does a Conditioning Filter work?
Our Conditioning Filter contains a specially designed media. The hard water enters the top of the unit and flows through the media bed. The media attracts and binds to the minerals. Only clean, clear water is passed from the filter to your home.
About every 4 days, the filter removes the accumulated minerals that have been trapped inside. This is done by an automatic, self-cleaning cycle called backwashing. The backwash cycle draws a cleaning agent into the filter. The cleaning agent causes the media to release the minerals which are then flushed out of the filter. The filter then thoroughly rinses the media bed, removing any remaining minerals and the cleaning agent. Once the backwash cycle has ended, the filter returns itself to normal operation.
The cleaning agent must be checked and replenished periodically (typically every 3-6 months) to maintain proper and efficient operation.
A simple water test, that only takes a few minutes, can confirm whether or not you have hard water. Metro Water Filter International offers a free test of your water without obligation. Please give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to test your water on site.