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Water too soft?
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deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2005 at 16:20:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
never thought i'd hear this: "soft water is corrosive by nature" "very soft water can be corrosive to household plumbing." whuttahell?izziss a rumor?


Jim@concordfarms.    Posted 01-31-2005 at 07:21:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
About 5 years ago we put a Culligan water softener in a house with galvanized plumbing that was installed in the late 1940's. Now we are having to clean rust out of the faucet screens a least once a week. And sometimes we have to rinse the rust off our feet when getting out of the shower. Jim.


Bkeepr    Posted 01-31-2005 at 04:48:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know that it applies to "naturally soft" water, but it does apply to "artificially softened" water.

We had a water softener in our house, installed by the previous owners, and eventually bypassed it because we don't care for "soft" (or at least "artificially softened") water.

Tom A


ret    Posted 01-31-2005 at 03:40:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
one of the smartest things SF ever done was build the Hetch Hetchy water system, gathering the snow runoff from Yosemite Park. We were connected to it in my city in Ca. Real soft water, easy on all plumbing , no water marks on your car when you washed it. Sure miss it
REt


Peanut    Posted 01-30-2005 at 17:08:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmm. Ya know DC, that kinda makes sense.

If you have hard water you run it though a layer of salt to "soften" it. Salt is potassium chloride or natural salt pellets or some chemical creation to simulate the brine bath needed to soften water.

All these compounds are corrosive by themselves. So I guess they are corrosive.

What's the alternative for indoor plumbing? Leave it alone and let the calcium build-up occur. Without the "salt" the calcium continues to build.

Pick your poison - I guess.

Anyone else??????????????


Gerrit    Posted 01-30-2005 at 19:30:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soft water corrosive by nature??? No way!! That's a fairy tale!

Hard water contains relative large amounts of Calcium and Magnesium. When the water is 'softened', the Calcium and Magnesium ions are exchanged for Sodium or Potassium ions.
The latter two stay dissolved, while the former two will bind with carbonate to form unsoluble Calcium carbonate and Magnesium carbonate which clogs faucets and damages heaters.

Now, softened water is better for any plumbing systems and especially for electrical water heating systems. When a water heater is being used with hard water, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate will form a layer on the element and destroy it..

Some related reading:
basic water chemistry

Soft water corrosive?

Gerrit ( Who Has A Masters Degree In Chemical Engineering With His Name On It Laying Somewhere In A Dusty Corner... )


deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2005 at 21:23:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
this is related and i found it interesting: years ago, bob & i went elk hunting near coos bay oregon. well it rained so much & she was an attentive hostess, so avis routinely washed/dried our hunting duds every nite. later she said "no real bother" especially since we'd brought our own soap.
bob & i looked at each other, then we saw her grinning. she said come here. she took those clothes, dumped them in her washer, added her ultra-soft water and they sudsed themselves! they'd been washed about 8 times already, no new soap, and i'd noticed they felt softer. we both went home & bought a softener. :)


steve19438    Posted 01-30-2005 at 16:38:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
pools and hot tubs mebbe so. how bout the plumbing in the house???


Mark /Ks    Posted 01-30-2005 at 16:27:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
My plumber friend chewed me out proper when he found out I had filled my hot tub with soft water.He said fill it with well water and then bring to proper softness with the chemicals,otherwise you'll corrode you system.I thought he was kidding.Thanks for the info.
BTW did you bag any arctic cats today?? Mark in Kansas


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