Soft Versus Hard Water

Posted on May 15, 2016

New homeowners and old homeowners alike have their water tested, and the test results come back and they hear the words “hard water” or “soft water”. For about five seconds they are left to wonder, “What the heck does that even mean?”.
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The Water Store has been conducting water tests in NH and explaining the difference between the two diagnoses for years. We want to break it down for you so it’s easier to understand.

Soft Water:

Soft water contains sodium as its only ion, and the (mostly) desired outcome within a water test. Though it can have a salty taste, soft water is what is usually found in rainfall before it travels through the earth and picks up the minerals found in hard water.


Hard Water:

As water travels through soil, rock, and all layers of the earth, it begins to pick up minerals such as calcium and magnesium, but can also pick up harmful toxins like copper and lead. Hard water is often the cause of scale-y build up in appliances, and leaves clothes looking worn. Depending on the minerals found in hard water (toxic versus not) some prefer the taste of hard water because of the essential minerals within.

If you get water test from The Water Store and find toxic minerals in your hard water, you should consider our water softener or a water softening treatment. This action helps soften your water by taking out those minerals that could be harmful to you and your family.


If you’re thinking about water softening or a water test for your home, give our experts a call today at (603) 899-6680.