Common Misconceptions Between Hard and Soft Water

With all the contradicting information at our fingertips, it’s easy to get lost in the endless stream of contradicting information. We’re going to set the record straight today and help you get the facts on hard and soft water!

Myth: Rainwater must be hard, because it’s untreated.

Truth: Rainwater, as it falls, is naturally soft! Soft water becomes hard after it reaches the ground, flowing through rocks, such as limestone, and gathering minerals along the way. Groundwater is typically much harder than surface water because of its prolonged contact with rock formations and minerals. Implementing rainwater harvesting is beneficial because it reduces demand on your existing water supply, and reduces run-off, erosion, and contamination of surface water. Rainwater is also great for your houseplants and gardens!

Myth: Soft water can cause hair loss.

Truth: It’s actually the opposite! Soft water will encourage the hair shaft to renew itself more easily as it can penetrate the follicles easier than hard water. Soft water also balances your hair’s pH level, so you’re left with silky smooth hair after every wash. Soft water will also help to reduce topical issues such as eczema flare-ups and dry skin. If you’re tired of dull, lifeless, unruly hair, consider softening your water for a permanent solution!

Myth: Hard water is contaminated.

Truth: Hard water is full of “stuff” – but it’s not always contaminants. Hard water contains minerals, which are nutrients. Drinking hard water with abundant essential minerals is not bad for your health! According to the World Health Organization, calcium and magnesium-rich hard water can even help protect against heart disease and stroke. 

Myth: The amount of sodium in soft water is unhealthy.

Truth: The Water Quality Association had this to say about the amount of sodium in our softened water: “The amounts of sodium in softened water are minuscule compared to other normal dietary sources of sodium. Ion exchange softening of water with very high levels of hardness such as 75 grains per gallon of total water hardness would add less sodium to the drinking water than is allowed in beverages meeting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations for “Low Sodium” labeling.” If someone is on a sodium-restricted diet, they (like everyone else) should have a reverse osmosis system.

Myth: There is no need for a water softener in the city.

Truth: Hard water comes from the minerals in the ground and because of this, the hardness or softness of water varies from city to city. Most water municipalities are providing hard water, hard water test strips can be purchased to test the hardness of your tap water. Symptoms of hard water include stiff or dingy laundry requiring more soap and fabric softener, mineral deposits on dishes and glassware, dry, itchy skin and scalp, higher energy costs, and scale build-up in sinks, tubs, faucets & appliances. Experiencing some, or all, of these problems? Contact your local soft water specialists today to find out how we can help!