We think of water as a clear liquid but water really contains suspended solids as well as dissolved minerals and gases. These components are picked up as water passes through nature on the way to our homes. Water hardness is measured by the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in water.
Note: While magnesium contributes to the hardness level it’s calcium that causes hard scale, so that’s what we address here.
Water will only dissolve a certain amount of calcium dependent upon conditions. The amount of dissolved calcium that can be held in water reduces as temperature or pH increases. Using temperature as an example, let’s take a hard water and heat it to a temperature (x) where the water is at its absolute maximum capacity for dissolved calcium. This is known as the saturation point. Now we’ll continue to apply heat taking the temperature above (x). As we exceed the saturation point an amount of dissolved calcium is forced out of solution (it precipitates meaning it is no longer dissolved).
When calcium precipitates in this way it can combine with bicarbonate to form a hard calcium carbonate scale called calcite that bonds to the nearest receptive surface.
To prevent this from taking place our treatment reduces the amount of dissolved calcium by precipitating calcium carbonate in a form called aragonite, harmless insoluble crystals that are carried through the system to the drain or consumed.
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