This is a common question that many people ask themselves regularly. It is not surprising because around 85% of American homes receive a supply of hard water. This is true for both municipal and private well users because the process is entirely natural. Water is a solvent; it dissolves materials it comes into contact with and adds them to its makeup. On its journey to our waterways and aquifers, our water travels through various layers of sand, rock, and soil. This is where the hardness is added to the water due to the addition of calcium, magnesium, and to a lesser extent, iron. Hard water can cause a lot of problems in your home, which can only be solved with a water softener system.

The Noticeable Signs of Hard Water

It’s impossible to see the hard water minerals because they are totally dissolved in the water. But, you can see the evidence of their presence all around your home. If you have limescale on your faucets and plumbing fixtures, that’s the minerals that have formed salts. If you have waxy soap scum in your shower stall, it’s caused by the minerals because they inhibit the formation of soap suds. The soap that left behind reacts with the minerals to create a sticky material that’s an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. If your fabrics feel stiff and the colors are dull after washing, it’s the mineral content tangled in the fibers that are ruining your results. When your glassware is cloudy, when you take them out of the dishwasher, the hardness is to blame. You may even notice the presence of hard water after washing your hair when it feels dull and lifeless. Once you start to look around your home, you will see the evidence of hard water everywhere, but what about the damage you can’t see?

The Less Noticeable Signs of Hard Water

We rely on a network of plumbing pipes to supply water to many rooms in our homes. The passage of hard water through these pipes leads to an accumulation of scale that only grows thicker over time. Eventually, the inner surface of scale will become so thick that it’s narrowed the diameter of the pipe. This can lead to a drop in water pressure that you will notice when you’re taking a shower. This scale accumulation is also occurring inside your water using appliances, such as the dishwasher, the washer, your water heater, and more. The scale covers heating elements which makes heating water a long, drawn out process that consumes more energy. Appliances that are overworked tend to fail more regularly, leading to an expensive repair bill. The useful lifespan of your appliances will be lowered, and an earlier than expected replacement bill.

Installing a Water Softener

The best way to deal with these issues is to contact your local water treatment specialist and ask them about a water softener installation for your home. Dealing with the underlying issue by removing the minerals that make the water hard is the only lasting solution.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.