FOUR Facts About Hard Water
1) Most communities have hard water.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, hard water is found in about 85% of the United States. This means the water you use for cleaning contains a certain amount of dissolved minerals (primarily calcium and magnesium compounds), that can affect your equipment's cleaning ability and efficiency.
2) Hard water reduces cleaning efficiency.
Compared to soft water, hard-water washing requires greater effort and greater quantities of cleaning agents. That's because minerals in hard water react with soaps and detergents to produce a sticky, gummy deposit called soap curd. SOAP CURD interferes with cleaning action and leaves a dull film on cleaned surfaces. Furthermore, the minerals in hard water are left behind as water evaporates, leaving spots.
3) Hard water increases operating costs.
When hard water is heated, minerals form a hard, rock-like scale on the insides of pipes and tubes. This scale eventually reduces water flow and slows heat transfer in pressure washer coils. The result is reduced performance and increased fuel costs.
4) Hard water reduces equipment life.
The gradual buildup of scale on the insides of pipes and tubes is a costly process. Eventually, water flow is significantly reduced. Moreover, since heat is not transferred as efficiently, coils can overheat, possibly resulting in service calls, shortened life or replacement.
A water softener removes harsh calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese ions from your water supply. Most scale buildup is eliminated, meaning your equipment operates at greater efficiency for a longer period of time.
With the elimination of soap curd, soil removal is significantly improved. In one study, conducted by an independent laboratory, comparing hard- and soft-water cleaning, soil removal ranged from 30% to 50% higher when detergents were used with soft water. In addition, the removal of hard-water minerals reduces or eliminates spotting and dulling soap-curd film. Using a Water Softener will result in better cleaning, lower operating costs and overall appearance of items being cleaned.