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What is the hardness of calcium and what are some of its physical and chemical properties?

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kierawhitesong | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM via web

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What is the hardness of calcium and what are some of its physical and chemical properties?

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sanjeetmanna | College Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Measuring calcium ion (Ca+2) concentration in water is refered as calcium hardness. Calcium carbonate expressed as CaCO3 which causes hardness in water. If the level is calcium is low then it is called as soft water and if the level of calcium is high then it causes hardness in water also refered as calcium hardness which lead to calcium deposition in water.

For example in pool water if calcium carbonate level is low it will cause corrosion and also cause the deposition of other minerals, if calcium carbonate level is high it causes deposition of calcium on pool surface and other pool equipment.

The calcium level should be maintained (measured in PPM), in pool it has to be between 200 and 400 ppm.

If calcium level is low then it is compensated from calcium chloride thus preventing corrosion.

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