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Garden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered Friends

I'm a dedicated nature lover. Anything I can do to ensure the well-being of my feathered friends makes me happy. Observing avian wildlife in my backyard is even better. This is why I own several birdhouses. My favorite is the acrylic birdhouse that clings to my French patio door. This birdie sanctuary is transparent and crystal clear. It allows me to view nesting birds without disturbing them. The themed birdhouses I've purchased at various garden stores and specialty shops add a splash of color and exciting decor to my yard. In my small collection are farmhouse themed birdhouses, nautical themes, colonial themes and even a birdhouse "mansion". As you can tell, these birdhouses bring me as much pleasure as their intended occupants. You might say these pieces are "for the birds", but I know they're more than that.

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Hard Water Basics

The fact of the matter is, hard water interferes with almost every aspect of your life; especially the life you lead within your kitchen and bathroom! Cleaning, dishwashing, doing the laundry and even personal hygiene become deeply affected by the presence of hard water in your home. Clothes that are laundered in hard water can become dingy and scratchy, sometimes even brittle and easily unraveled over time. Taking showers or baths in hard water can also become an issue, as it might wind up making your skin far too flaky and dry. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn three of the basics of hard water: what exactly hard water is, several of the problems associated with hard water, and finally, how to cope with the issue of hard water itself.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water is a serious but sadly common issue with the water supply in the United States. Hard water affects approximately 85% of the households in the entirety of the country. In short, hard water is considered hard when it has far too many minerals present in it. Water is officially considered to be hard when it surpasses 3.5 GPG (or grains per gallon). A GPG is the equivalent of 17.1 PPM (parts per million), so if your water is rated at 171 PPM, your GPG level is right at 10; that is no number to balk at, as it's over 3 times the minimum amount for what is considered hard water at the base level.

The types of minerals that pervade hard water are many, but the most common types that are found in hard water are generally calcium, magnesium and manganese. With an increase in these minerals, you're likely to find yourself with hard water and a litany of problems.

What Are The Problems Of Hard Water?

There are many problems that are associated with hard water that can affect your household. Hard water, when combined with soap, can lead to a more common presence of soap scum in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink and bath tub. It can create bathtub rings, which are also a sign of the presence of mildew.

Due to the amount of minerals floating around in the water, hard water can also leave tiny spots on your shower doors or your kitchen items, such as plates and utensils. You might find that your cleaning agents are not working as well as they have in the past, either on your body or on various kitchen items or things that require cleaning.

How To Cope With Hard Water

There are several methods of which you can use to cope with the phenomenon of hot water. For example, if you have issues with hard water being present in your kitchen and you do not wish to cook a dish with a high level of minerals in it, it is recommended that you bring all of your kitchen related water to a boil. Doing so can soften the waters by breaking bicarbonate into CO2 and carbonates. Carbonates aren't soluble and they will precipitate out of the water, coating the pan you used to boil the water.

A small ion exchange water filter is also a great and inexpensive way to filter out the minerals that are present in your drinking water. By adding non-precipitating conditioner to your laundry, the effects of hard water will be greatly lessened, and you will not have to deal with most of the issues associated with laundering your clothes with hard water.

Probably the best option is to invest in a water softener. This device will help to absorb the calcium and magnesium ions in the water.  This will help to mitigate the effects of having hard water.  

Hard water can be a serious issue, but luckily there are ways to cope with these issues. For more information about water softeners contact http://johnsonwater.com/.