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Water Softening

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Parent Category: Drinking Water
Water softening involves the removal of certain minerals and metals from hard water. Many water softeners are filled with salt and resin beads, which allow for ion exchange.
Typically in the east coast the rock formations are igneous rocks like granite so the water doesn't pick up very much calcium so you will have a modest amount of hardness on the east coast of the united states, in the south central, primarily the Texas area, you get extremely hard water along with h…
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Yes, we should really separate soft water from soften water, soft water is a naturally occurring thing where the hardness never got into the water similar to rain water, soften water is water that has been artificially soften in some form. In some parts of the world primarily western Europe, they do…
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My opinion is that the soft water gives you an incomplete rinse of the soap and that the soft sodium in the soft water reacts with the lanolin on the skin and actually produces kind of a film of soap on your body.
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The calcium (as calcium carbonate) in hard water replaces the sodium on the fatty acids of the soap causing them to precipitate as a sticky scum. This deposits soap scum on the things being washed and causes the formation of "bathtub ring" on bathtubs, sinks, etc.
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Hard water interacts with soaps preventing them from cleaning properly and forming soap scum and bathtub ring (detergents are not affected this way). Hard water coats the insides of pipes preventing them from rusting, but can also clog the pipes with mineral deposits. Very hard water sometimes has…
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It isn't an element, it is the salt sodium chloride a compound.
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