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Hard Water and Swimming Pools

It can be difficult to maintain the proper water hardness in a swimming pool.  If you don’t know what type of water you are dealing with, your task becomes even harder (no pun intended!). Hard water clogs pipes and pumps with deposits. This can make your pool water appear cloudy. It can also create scales on the pool filter, impacting its functioning.  On the converse side, water that isn’t hard enough can also cause problems. Soft water can damage metal, concrete and tile in your pool, because it can dissolve the minerals they contain. The best solution is to test pool water regularly. Use hard water strips to test the water. This can monitor the total hardness. Water hardness below 200 ppm is too soft for pool water. Hardness above 400 ppm is too hard. If the water is too soft, you may need to add a calcium chloride solution to your pool water to bring it within the optimal hardness range. If your pool water is too hard, you may need a water softener. That

Is Tap Water Harming Your Plants?

House plants need water free of impurities such as minerals and chemicals. How does your tap water rate?  The advantage of using water from the tap is that it's cheap and readily available. However, if the tap water is loaded with minerals or chemicals, it can harm plants.  Chlorine, for example, is bad for plants. If you smell chlorine in your tap water,  let the water sit for 24 hours before using it on your plants. If you have hard water with excessive amounts of minerals (mostly magnesium and calcium), these can also harm your plants.    Some people buy bottled water for their houseplants, which can become unnecessarily expensive. Instead, collect rainwater for your plants, and call us. If you don’t want to feed it to your houseplants, you probably shouldn’t drink it either! 302-732-9002