MORE THAN A BILLION PEOPLE LACK ADEQUATE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
If 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40, why can't Thursday be the new Friday?
Have you ever asked yourself why the day begins at dawn and ends at dusk? The night is ruled by the moon and stars; therefore, day begins when the stars disappear - before actual sunrise and ends when they appear after sunset.
Another way to look at why a new day starts at dark, is when we face difficulties in our lives, they all start in a dark place and clear up in a bright place. This is much like a new day starting at dark and following by light. Through faith darkness becomes light!
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. Buddha
Dan is a happy camper for we ordered a fitness trampoline several months ago and finely he got it today. Since the gym in our complex has been closed, all we have been able to do is walk and do Qigong. Dan misses the treadmill and other fitness machines at the gym, so we decided to get the trampoline for cardio exercise. You know what Dan is going to do all day.
I on the other hand got some pots and organic soil, so with the seeds that I have been collecting from the vegetables from Misfits; I’m going to start planting them. Hopefully in the near future, I’ll have some home-grown vegetables of my own making.
Heckle will be doing his own exercise in his playground, which he loves climbing up things, just like a kid. What are you doing on this fine Thursday? Love to hear from you!!
The topic today is on water softeners, which is a device that reduces the hardness of the water. A water softener typically uses sodium or potassium ions to replace calcium and magnesium ions, the ions that create “hardness.”
Living in a home with hard water can be a costly problem. When groundwater flows through the pipes of your home the dissolved minerals combine with heat, leaving scale and buildup that damages your pipes, appliances, and fixtures.
When water falls as rain, it's pure and void of minerals or soft water. As it flows through the ground, it collects minerals like calcium and magnesium along the way. Water that has collected a large amount of minerals, is classified as hard water. Hard water is not harmful to your health, but it is harmful to your home.
A water softener works to treat hard water by removing the minerals responsible through a process called ion-exchange. Mineral ions that cause hardness and damage to your home are trapped by resin within the system and exchanged for sodium and potassium ions.
How do you know if you need a water softener? It can be a lifesaver for homeowners plagued by the effects of hard water. But there are times where a water softener just isn’t right for you. Water softeners may remove mineral ions, but they do not remove contaminants such as bacteria or heavy metals like lead, mercury, or even iron. If you want better tasting water, a water filtration system might be a better choice for your home.
Nearly 85% of the U.S. is a hard water area. If you've noticed any of these signs when washing dishes, doing laundry, or showering, then you may have hard water.
Do your faucets have watermarks, even though you just cleaned them?
Is there excessive lime and chalk buildup on the walls of sinks and showers in your home?
Are your white clothes dingy or your colors fading unusually fast?
Does your water taste or smell wrong?
Does your skin and hair feel dry or itchy after a shower?
Do you have low water pressure?
Do your appliances break quicker than they should?
Do your dishes have watermarks and residue on them when they dry?
Here are some benefits of having a whole house water softener in your home:
Soft water lacks the mineral ions that cause buildup in your pipes and appliances, saving you from costly repair bills. Mineral buildup in a pipe narrows the area water can move through, which requires a higher pump pressure. It will also increase the amount of energy needed to keep water hot or cold. The buildup also wreaks havoc on your appliances, which means more frequent repair or replacement costs for your dishwasher, laundry machines, coffee machines, water heaters, and ice makers.
How a water softener saves you money
Plumbing: As minerals in hard water travel through your pipes they stick, forming a scale buildup that will eventually clog the pipes. In homes with severe hard water compositions, buildup can cause irreversible damage to plumbing, meaning a costly and time-consuming repair job. The best way to treat the hard water problem is by softening your water before it has a chance to build up.
Appliances: Using a water softener can prevent the adverse effect of hard water on your dishwasher and laundry machines. Not only does scale buildup lower the quality and efficiency due to hard water composition, but scale inside the appliance results in a shorter lifespan for your coffee machines, ice makers, and even water heaters.
Gas or electric bills: A water softener can lower your gas or electric bill by preventing pipe damage. When scale builds inside a pipe, the space available for water to pass through narrows. As a result, the water pressure must increase for water to push through. The pipe narrowing also causes a failure to efficiently transfer heat, forcing you to run your water heater higher to compensate. Both issues result in an expensive gas or electric bill.
Soap and detergents: Soft water penetrates and dissolves better with soap, meaning more suds and a deeper lather for your body, clothes, and dishes. Hard water uses twice the amount of cleaning solution, to achieve the same amount of suds, as a soft water home. With a water softener, you can save hot water by using cold water for laundry. Hot water is often used to remove mineral deposits and better dissolve detergents. This is unnecessary with a water softener system.
Washing with cold water will also keep your clothes from shrinking.
Cleaner hair and softer skin
Soft water can be extremely beneficial for your hair and skin while bathing or showering. The mineral ions in hard water prevent it from being completely soluble with soaps, forming a precipitate in the form of soap scum. Because soft water lacks these minerals, homes with a water softener enjoy a deeper lather.
The benefits of a water softener on the skin go deeper than soap lather. It can also alleviate the effects hard water has on your body because of a loss of natural oils in your skin and hair.
Effects of soft water on skin: Because soft water contains fewer minerals, your skin picks up and holds moisture easier. While bathing or showering in hard water can have an adverse effect on your skin. The minerals in hard water remove the skin’s natural oils, which can dry out your skin and, for some, result in itchy,
Effects of soft water on hair: Soft water can help balance your hair’s pH level, while hard water can cause your hair to feel dry, brittle, and frizzy. It can also dull your hair color.
As scale buildup from hard water in your pipes increases, the water pressure from your shower decreases. Low water pressure does little to help you rinse the soap off your body or shampoo and conditioner from your hair.
Brighter and softer clothes
A water softener prevents the adverse effects of hard water on your clothes while making them soft to the touch and preserving the new, fresh look and feel.
Brighter clothes: If your home has hard water, you're washing clothes in minerals that leave deposits. Over time, the minerals will cause the colors to fade. Some minerals can even cause stains or dingy whites. Soft water is the better option. In fact, many add salt to a load of colors to prevent bleeding, which isn't necessary for a soft water system and the use of sodium exchange.
Cleaner clothes: Soft water dissolves into clothes easier, cleaning the clothes more effectively. With hard water, your clothes are being washed in minerals that leave deposits in the fabric. Over time, the minerals will cause the colors to fade and whites to become dingy. Because soft water dissolves detergent more effectively, you can use less detergent and may not need fabric softeners at all.
If you live in a hard water area, you know how difficult it is to keep your dishes clean. No matter how many times you clean them, or the soaps or detergents you use, your glass and silverware are left with a cloudy appearance as soon as it dries. A water softener fixes the problem at the root, removing the minerals before they can build up on your dishes. And because soft water fuses with soaps and detergent more completely, there is more lather and more cleaning action in your dish washing routine.
Less time cleaning
If you live in a home with hard water, you know how time-consuming cleaning can be. You are constantly re-washing dishes and laundry. You may spend hours a week scrubbing chalky lime and soap scum off the walls of your showers, sinks, and faucets. Using a water softener not only prevent the negative effects of hard water, but soft water fully dissolves and penetrates soap, less insoluble soap scum or curd collects in your bathroom. Saving the time, you spend cleaning on a regular basis.
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While there are alternatives to a water softener, many of them solve only a portion of the problems that will arise in a home with hard water.
A water conditioner or scale inhibitor removes scale buildup in your pipes. It is often referred to as a “salt-free water softener,” but the name is misleading. While it does remove scale buildup, it will not remove the minerals that make the water hard. Your soap will not lather any better, laundry will still require more detergent, and your dishes and tubs will still have film on them.
A reverse osmosis system is a water filtration system that many people install under their kitchen sink. It is usually not the best option for your whole house. In fact, a water softener might still be needed once the reverse osmosis system is installed. As hard water flows through the system, it sticks and causes buildup, damaging the membrane of the system. If you have hard water and a RO system, installing a water softener before the RO will protect the membrane.
We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for? This is the commitment we need to make to the world, now. Jean-Michel Cousteau
Until tomorrow’, the topic will be on distillation systems. Distillation is a process in which impure water is boiled and the steam is collected and condensed in a separate container, leaving many of the solid contaminants behind. Have an awesome day.