Sometimes we tend to forget how important the water is in our lives. The water exists in the ground, where it dissolves different minerals that are found in the earth. For the most part, these minerals are calcium and magnesium, and although they are not harmful to the body, they can make problems to your house. This kind of water with dissolved minerals is called hard water.
According to Geological Survey and direct experience by Water Softener Gurus, around 85 percent of homes in America have troubles with hard water.
What are the main problems people face with hard water?
One big problem people encounter with when dealing with hard water is cleaning off soap curd. This happens because hard water takes away some of the soap and detergent efficiency. Soap mixes with water full of minerals and creates a soap crud, which will make you use a lot of extra soap and water to try to clean it off. This can also affect your shower time because soap is hard to scrub off from the skin. Also, it comes as no surprise to people coping with this problems to find slimy soap scrubs on their body and hair.
But cleaning difficulties aren’t over because hard water also causes rough water spots left on shower curtains, calcium from which water evaporated. Soap scrub can lead to the growth of bacteria in the bathroom or kitchen.
Cleaning dishes also becomes a nightmare because hard water will make your dishwasher less effective. Dishes will come out with spots and chances are that this due to your water, not the machine.
It can also occur that people who use hard water can have some skin irritation, because of the to soap left behind.
Also, hard water will affect your clothing, and it’s again due to the reaction that occurs between minerals and soap. Clothes may appear rough and it gets worn out faster.
Not only shower heads, but all pipes clog up more easily when hard water is going through them. This leads to calling a plumber more often and pipe replacement which then leads to more spending money. Keep in mind that this is mostly problem to older pipes, not PVC ones.
While we talk about money, your boiler will have to generate way more heat to do its job. This not only makes your bills higher but actually damages your boiler. This puts you at a higher risk of boiler accidents which can be destructive.
So, these are the problems, but is there a solution?
Luckily for us, yes. It’s called water softener, and it’s a unit that gets rid of unwanted minerals, calcium and magnesium. The process that is responsible for removing calcium and magnesium and replacing them with other nonharmful minerals like sodium is called ‘ion exchange’ and it makes your water soft. This can add the water a slightly salty taste and it’s not recommended for those with sodium-restricted diets or for newly born babies.
After all, you’ve seen problems hard water can make. Having this simple installation will make your life somewhat easier.