If you have “hard water,” it means that there are high levels of certain minerals – such as calcium and magnesium – in the water. These minerals naturally accumulate when water passes through the ground, and generally do not pose any health risks. However, that doesn’t mean that hard water is completely harmless. Over time, the minerals can affect your plumbing system and some of your household chores that involve water.
Negative effects of hard water:
- Dry hair and irritated skin – While hard water is not dangerous to drink or bathe with, it can make your skin and hair feel dry, especially if you have conditions such as dandruff or eczema. The minerals also affect how soap feels on your skin, so some people may feel slimy while bathing.
- Plumbing corrosion and leaks – Mineral deposits can form inside of pipes, which can impact the flow or eventually cause the material to deteriorate. Steel pipes are especially at risk of corroding and leaking due to minerals.
- Clogged plumbing fixtures – The build-up of minerals can hurt fixtures such as faucets and showerheads. You may notice that the pressure decreases, which could be due to small clogs. In some cases, you can clean out the fixture but in severe cases, it will need to be replaced.
- Shortened service life of appliances – Hard water can also affect appliances that use water, including washing machines, dishwashers, and even coffee makers. Mineral deposits can reduce the efficiency of the appliance or force it to work harder, which leads to extra wear-and-tear and can eventually cause breakdowns.
- Water stains – In houses with hard water, it’s common to find mineral deposit marks on sinks and tubs. These stains are easy to remove but will keep on returning until the hard water is addressed.
- Laundry issues – Hard water can be harsh on clothes, leading to mineral stains or causing the fabric to break down quickly.
- Spots on dishes – Even after washing (by hand or a dishwasher), dishware and glasses can be left with mineral spots due to hard water. These spots aren’t dangerous but are unpleasant to look at and can make you feel like the dishes are still dirty.
- Higher water bills – Whenever there’s a plumbing issue, especially a leak, it often leads to higher water bills. Hard water can also lead to more frequent calls to plumbers to fix pipes or fixtures, costing you even more money.
Water softener system installation in Murrieta and Winchester, CA.
If you’re concerned about hard water and want to avoid these issues listed above, a great solution is having a water softener system installed in your home. These systems are attached to the water supply as it enters the home and removes calcium and magnesium so the mineral content of the water is better balanced.