Monitoring Water Using a Mineral Content Meter

What is hard water? Hard water is water that has a high mineral content.  The most commonly found mineral in hard water is calcium.  While hard water doesn’t pose a health hazard, however it can pose large issues in industrial settings.  Some examples of where water should be monitored with a mineral content meter for its hardness is in boilers, cooling towers, and other equipment.  The reason for hard water monitoring is to help avoid costly breakdowns domestic settings, hard water is often indicated by a lack of suds formation when soap is agitated in water, and by the formation of limescale in kettles and water heaters. Water softening is most commonly used to reduce hard water's adverse effects.

For pool and spa owners it is extremely important to use a mineral content meter for monitoring the calcium hardness in the water. Low calcium hardness can result in corrosion of metal equipment or erosion of plaster surfaces and tile grouting. This can lead to the need for resurfacing.  High calcium hardness results in scale formation on the pool surfaces as well as scaling in the pipes, plumbing and filter. Swimmers can also be affected with high levels of calcium in the pool because those high levels of calcium can cause your eyes to be irritated.  

Check out our mineral content meters to help you monitor the calcium levels in your pool or spa.  Pathfinders Instruments offers a couple different meters, one being Pathfinder MCM-300 Mineral Content Meterand the other is Pathfinder MCM-3000 Mineral Content Meter.

Although water hardness usually measures only the total concentrations of calcium and magnesium, iron can also be present at elevated levels. The presence of iron characteristically creates a brownish (rust-like) color to the calcification, instead of white (the color of most of the other compounds).

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