What Is Hard Water And How Do I Fix The Problem?
“Hard water:” it sounds like an oxymoron, but do you know what it actually means? You may have noticed many of the signs of hard water around your house but didn’t realize what was causing them. If this was the case for you, you’re surely not alone. The United States Geological Survey reports that 85% of U.S. homes deal with hard water. Whether your water comes from a private well or is drawn from the municipal supply, chances are, your water is not as pure as it could or should be!
What Is Hard Water?
The term “hard water” refers to the chemical makeup of your water. Water with a high concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium is considered “hard.” These minerals often make their way into your water supply through the soil or sediments underground. Though it’s not medically harmful to drink hard water, it can cause some problems…
What are the effects of hard water on…
Hard water is the enemy of soap. Because hard water makes it difficult for soap to lather, your daily shower probably isn’t getting you as clean as you would hope. More soap is required to wash yourself, and even then, the soap isn’t able to perform its best work. Your drinking water may not taste very good either; many people prefer the taste of soft water to its mineral-laden counterpart.
Just as the soap in your shower doesn’t work as well with hard water, your clothing also suffers from hard water in the laundering process. You may have noticed your clothing fades over time after being washed. It will also typically feel stiffer and less comfortable.
Though we discussed how hard water isn’t harmful to human health, the same can’t be said for the health of your plumbing appliances. You’ll probably even see the direct effect with grimy scale appearing on your shower head, for instance. The minerals in hard water can cause buildup in your plumbing that causes problems. Water heaters, shower fixtures, and toilets all tend to suffer shortened lifespans in homes with hard water. Some of these items are quite expensive to replace, so ignoring the hard water in your home will cost you more over time!
How To Fix It
Now that you can recognize the signs of hard water, it’s time to take action if your home is struggling with this problem. Fortunately, the solutions aren’t difficult to implement. Installing a water softener will improve your water quality and alleviate all the problems of hard water. Plus, by softening your water you’ll be saving money. Experts estimate that hard water costs homeowners an additional $800 every year!