What is Hard Water?
So the common question asked is what is hard water?As our water supply comes from the ground it can be easy to pick up a series of sediment and soluble contaminants as the water flows. Depending on the nature of the contaminants that your water picks up, it may not even be fit for regularly drinking. It is no secret that Florida ranks second worst state in the nation for water violations. Of 80,000 water violations, 12,000 of them are hazardous to our health. Common minerals that can be found in many clean water supplies include iron, lime, magnesium, calcium, and much more. These elements will affect the way that water enters our houses and you can form an effect called hard water.
Some signs you have hard water:
- Stains on Dishes
- Soap Scum
- Build Up around the shower
- Fading Clothing
- Dry or Itchy Skin
- Dry Hair
- Scratchy Towels
Magnesium and calcium in the water supply often leads to build up around our shower heads, faucets, etc. If you have experienced dry/itchy skin after a shower, dingy/scratchy towels, clouded dishes or ice cubes, and dry hair then you probably have hard water. The large presence of iron, lime, calcium and magnesium and water can often make it thicker and it can have some adverse effects on health over time.
Showering using hard water for example often means that you have to spend more money on soaps and detergents as well as expose your skin to more detergents and soaps. It takes a lot longer to wash using hard water and this can be especially true when it comes to showering, cleaning dishes and more. The effect on your appliances and the plumbing throughout your home can also be detrimental. Hard water will regularly lead to blockages in plumbing systems which leads to an increased frequency of repairs and problems with a higher water bill over time. They also take a whole toll on all of your appliances such as your heater, washer, dish washer and reduce the life of the appliances by 40%. Meaning, you have to purchase these appliances more often.
Hard water often ensures that you’re going to be spending more on plumbing repairs in your home and bathing in hard water can be a little more harmful to your health because you expose yourself to various skin contaminants. Other impurities that can be found in water can also be dangerous including chlorine, heavy metals bacteria, and pesticides. Implementing a whole home water filtration system if there is a presence of some of these items in your water can be more crucial than choosing just a simple water softener.
What produces hard water?
Metal ions like iron, calcium and magnesium will make for three main types of water hardness. There is temporary hardness as well as a permanent water hardness that occurs as a result of these chemical components in your water. Chloride and nitrate such as magnesium and calcium can be removed from the water and this is what makes them a temporary water hardness issue.
Permanent water hardness can be caused by the sulphites of magnesium and calcium. This can require much more effort in order to remove hardness from the water. These solutions will often require more than just a hot water heater, a permanent installation of a water softener is required to keep your water soft in these cases.
Having your water tested and determining if a water softener or water filtration device could be beneficial for your home water supply is an important solution for the health of you and your family.
Be sure to spot these signs of hard water early on and ask for applicable water testing if you think you could be in need of a water softener or filtration system.