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Understanding The Effects Of Hard Water

By Kate Silva | March 14, 2019

The Water Quality Association rates water hardiness from “soft” to “very hard.” But you may be asking yourself, how can water be hard?

The hardness of water is produced by compounds of calcium, magnesium, and a variety of metals in the water. Almost 90% of U.S. homes have hard water and are dealing with their adverse effects.

Are you unsure if you have hard water? Keep reading to learn about the impacts it has on the human body and your home.

How Hard Water Affects the Human Body

Using soap with hard water can be frustrating since it prevents you from being able to wash all of the soap off. This, in turn, creates dryness.

If your home has hard water, you and other members of your household may experience irritated, dry, and itchy skin. Young children in a home with hard water can also start to develop eczema.

The dehydrating effects of hard water can also be observed in hair that is hard to manage. It tends to be coarse and dry.

As you can see, hard water is rough on your body. Install a Kinetico water softener system to eliminate the minerals in your water.

The Impacts of Hard Water on Your Home

Calcium and iron are two of the minerals in hard water that can easily be recognized in a home.

If there are rust colored stains in your sinks or toilet bowls, it points directly to iron. These same stains can appear on your clothes when you run them through the washing machine. Hard water damages clothes in general and it wears out quicker.

Your big-ticket appliances wear out quicker when you have hard water too. Dishwashers and washing machines have to work more and don’t last as long when hard water creates a scale buildup.

You can also identify hard water by a constant film of soap scum in your shower caused by a surplus of calcium in the water. Also, showerheads or faucets may emit low water pressure if clogged from mineral deposits.

Cloudy cutlery and glassware is another telltale sign of hard water. You may think that your dishwasher is having issues, but the minerals in hard water create this appearance too.

In West Texas, a water softener is a necessary investment to combat the detrimental effects of hard water. And don’t fret, our water softeners can be used with well and municipal water sources. Contact us now to get a quote on a water treatment system.

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Getting your water tested and knowing what’s in your water is the best way to determine the right type of system for your home.

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