Many people don’t pay attention to how they use their water; they simply turn on the faucet and use the water as needed. When you think about it, we use water in virtually every aspect of our lives, and it’s important to use good quality water. We all know the importance of drinking good quality water, but what about other tasks in our homes? In this article, we will look at three negative consequences of using poor quality water and how you can fix those problems.
- In the Laundry
Most people like to wear fresh, clean clothes, but hard water can cause damage to our clothes, bedding, and linens during the wash. Hard water contains elevated levels of dissolved minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals react with soap; they inhibit their ability to create a lather and cause the formation of soap scum. Many people try to compensate for this by adding more laundry soap, but this doesn’t make the wash any better, and it creates even more soap scum in the process. Soap scum makes the fibers in your fabrics brittle, and it gives them a yellow or gray color. Over time, the fabrics begin to break down, and their useful lifespan is reduced. Many people find that their laundry soap is far more effective when they install a water softener. They can use less soap, run shorter machine cycles, and their fabrics look great and last longer.
- Water Using Appliances
Any water using appliances that you have in your home, such as washing machines, dishwashers, icemakers, and hot water heaters, are affected by hard water. The mineral content in hard water forms a scale that lines the insides of your plumbing pipes. This scale is also formed inside your appliances around heating elements and other critical components. This is why water using appliances in hard water homes have a harder time than if softened water was used instead. The machines have to work harder and for longer to work, and the results may not be what you would expect for your significant investment. Equipment may fail regularly, leading to repair bills and the useful lifespan of your appliances will be reduced, leading to a premature replacement. The appliances will take longer to reach the necessary temperatures, and the washing cycles may take longer. This will drive up your energy bills, and this can really add up over time. Softened water is kinder to your appliances. They won’t need to work as hard, they won’t use as much energy and they typically break down less and last longer.
- In Your Kitchen
Many people don’t know that water is a solvent. Given enough time, it can dissolve a wide variety of materials leading to contaminants in your water supply. These impurities are usually hard to detect with your senses, and many of us drink this water or eat food cooked with it on a regular basis. One of the most common problems is Total Dissolved Solids or TDS. These are materials, such as minerals, metals, and salts, that can affect the taste and quality of our water. Some of these TDS contaminants, such as lead, arsenic, and nitrates, can even pose a threat to our health. Installing a whole house water filtration system can remove TDS from every faucet in your home and provide your family with high quality water.
If you’re concerned about your water quality, consult a local water treatment professional with WQA certification. They will be able to advise you on the best water treatment systems to fix your water quality problems.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.