If you’ve recently moved into a new home, you may have noticed that you have some problems with your new water supply. When you have hard water, it can create a lot of issues that may be a shock for people unused to them. If you can remove the hardness from the incoming water, you will improve your quality of life and save money. In this article, we will explain what hard water is and show three common signs that you have it in your home.
Understanding Hard Water
Water contains a pair of hydrogen atoms and a single oxygen atom which is expressed as H2O. But, as it makes its way to waterways after falling as rain, water takes on the properties of various materials that it passes through. Water is a highly effective solvent, it can dissolve many materials, and those are added to its makeup. Hard water has an elevated level of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. Around 85% of homes receive hard water. While calcium and magnesium are not a threat to health in larger concentrations, they can affect your home. Another negative consequence of hard water is that it can promote bacterial growth in water. If you suspect that you have hard water, these common signs may seem familiar.
- The Generation of Soap Scum
Soap scum is that grey or white film that you may find in sink, tub, and the bottom of the shower stall. This sticky material is a breeding ground for bacteria, and it can be hard to clean. Soap scum is created because soap and hard water do not mix well. The mineral ions in hard water prevent the formation of suds which reduces the cleaning power and scum is created. Some people attempt to compensate by adding more soap, but this is ineffective, and it simply creates more soap scum. If you have soap scum on a shower curtain, it acts as a microbial biofilm that can spread bacteria and make you unwell. If you don’t address the underlying problem of hard water, the soap scum will always return despite your best cleaning efforts.
- A Poor Showering Experience
As we’ve mentioned, soap doesn’t mix well with hard water, which means that your showering experience will suffer. Showering will take longer as you try to get clean, wasting water and energy. The hard water minerals can clog up the showerhead, which reduces the water pressure that you need to get clean. When you dry off after your shower, the mineral content is left behind on your skin. This is the same chalky scale that you may notice on your taps and other plumbing fixtures. This scale can clog pores leading to acne breakouts and dry skin issues. The scale will also tangle in your hair, making it feel dry, brittle, and hard to manage. When people switch to soft water for showering and bathing, they are usually astonished at how much cleaner they feel.
- Plumbing Pipe Clogs
Hard water can cause plumbing issues, and the first thing that you may notice is clogs that seem to return. The scale builds up on the inner wall of the plumbing pipes, and over time, it will narrow the pipe. This will lead to a drop in water pressure, and eventually, the pipe will rupture, leading to an expensive repair bill.
If you want to get rid of the hard water issues in your home, contact your local water treatment specialist and ask about a high efficiency water softener installation.By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.