Traveling to a lake house or cabin for the summer is at the top of many people’s priorities when the weather turns hotter. Getting some much needed fresh air, natural surroundings, and time to relax is important. But, if the quality of your cabin water is poor, it can quickly turn an idyllic trip into a nightmare. In this article, we will take a closer look at cabin water quality, why it’s different and how you can fix the problem.

The Reason for Different Tasting Cabin Water

Many cabins receive their water from a private well or groundwater supplies. This is very different from most regular homes, where the water comes from surface water supplies. When water comes from the ground, it has a higher concentration of mineral content that will not be as pronounced in water from a stream, lake, river, or reservoir. The elevated levels of mineral content can have a dramatic effect on the taste, odor, and appearance. The most common minerals found in groundwater include calcium, magnesium, and iron. Higher levels of the minerals are the most common cause of hard water, which can affect many aspects of your home life.

5 Signs of Hard Water

  1. Water Spots: If you’ve seen water spots on your glassware this is a good indication that you have hard water. The build-up of minerals over time leads to chalky off white limescale that is left behind on glasses after the water evaporates.
  2. Soap Scum: Hard water doesn’t react well with soap leading to the formation of waxy and chalky soap scum in your sinks and shower stall. This sticky material is hard to remove, and it makes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
  3. Sediment: If you pour a glass of water and notice tiny particles, this is probably scale suspended in the water. Water is an effective solvent, and it adds the characteristics of materials it passes through to its makeup.
  4. Odor: Some hard water sources taste unpleasant, or they may have a “rotten egg” odor. This is caused by hydrogen sulfide that can make the water unpalatable and even undrinkable in extreme cases.
  5. Discoloration: The presence of certain chemicals such as iron and magnesium can even cause staining. If you’ve noticed different colored stains, including pink, blue, green, or orange, this is probably caused by high concentrations of those chemicals. Another common stain is rust colored, which is caused by hard water oxidation that you may see on your cabin plumbing fixtures.

How to Fix Cabin Hard Water Problems

You don’t need to lug lots of bottled water to your cabin that would damage your wallet and the environment. There are home water filtration and softening systems that can remove many types of contaminants, and that includes hard water minerals. Making the switch to soft water will help to preserve the efficiency and longevity of your appliances. Bathing in soft water is great for your skiing, and hair washed in soft water will feel softer and stronger. Contact your local water treatment specialist and ask them about water treatment systems for your cabin.

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