Hard Water Conditioning

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Hard Water Conditioning

There are dissolved substances in all of our water supplies. A large amount of these elements in our supplied water are usually calcium and magnesium carbonates and sulphates. The hardness of this water is defined by just how much of a concentration of these salts are in the it. The harder the water, the more salts and the softer the water, the less salts are present. Belsize Park Plumbers can work with hard water. The softer the water the less soap is required and less limescale formation occurs. The harder the water is, then it is more likely that at least some of these salts are precipitated when the water is heated or concentrated by evaporation. Take, for example, in a kettle that is used regularly for soft water boiling, its heating element will normally be clean of deposits. However, in a kettle that regularly boils hard water, the element soon becomes encrusted. Water hardness appears on and around taps, and in water cisterns, toilet bowls, on heating elements in other appliances, etc. The problem also manifests itself in the large amount of soap or detergents required, for washing machines. A Belsize Park Plumber knows about water conditioning.

Physical Conditioning.
There are quite a few devices on the market that generate a magnetic or electrical field for the water to run through, or can release trace concentrations of zinc. Some of these devices require plumbing directly into the pipework, and some devices can be simply clamped on or wrapped around the pipework. They are designed to have conditioning effect on the water, or physically condition it. This physical conditioning does not cause any significant change to the chemical composition of the water and only has a physical effect. Because the chemical composition is not changed, the calcium salts still precipitate when the water is heated or concentrated by evaporation. This physical conditioning, or presence of zinc, is to cause the calcium salts to precipitate differently such that they form less crust. Physical conditioning might affect other changes but there is little evidence as to what they might be or to what extent they might occur. Physical conditioning can produce some of the benefits of softening but without actually softening. So, by the modern definition, this type of physical conditioning does not actually soften water, and any such claim is not true. But, it can can make water appear softer.

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