Hard water is very high in minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It is not recommended to use such water in washing of clothes or cleaning as it leaves the minerals on the clothes. It also reduces the detergent power so that clothes end up feeling hard, rough and uncomfortable to the skin. Water acquires its hardness from the minerals in the air and soil.
Mineral hard water tastes good and most bottling companies claim that they have that distinct mineral taste. On the other hand, soft water tastes salty but is perfect for doing laundry. Hard water can be boiled and then condensed to filter out the hard minerals. Hard water can clog pipes and cause blockage of heat from boilers so a water softener San Antonio would be a wise choise. The minerals in the hard water cause scales that form a rim around any container it is kept in.
Minerals in hard water can be removed through softening. This involves treating it with lime or passing it over a concentration of sodium ions. These ions are responsible for softening the water by absorbing the calcium , magnesium and other minerals. The salty taste in the water is due to its softening. Another effective method of softening of water is through distillation.