According to official figures, it’s estimated that around 85% of US homes are supplied with hard water. As the water makes its way to your home, it travels through various layers of rock and soil where it picks up minerals and dissolves them. Water is a very effective solvent; it can dissolve calcium, magnesium, and iron easily. These are all water hardening minerals, and when they are present in elevated quantities, they change the properties of your water. You may have noticed locations in your home where hard white material or spots have appeared in the bathroom or kitchen. This is the mineral content that remains after the water has evaporated away, and it can affect your home in many negative ways.
Hard Water Warning Signs
That crusty white buildup on your faucets, showerheads, shower stall walls, in the toilet and even inside your water heater is hard water deposits. This is hard to clean, and it always returns because the root cause of the problem is not being addressed. Many people suffering from hard water problems notice that their water using appliances don’t work as well as they should, and they fail earlier. If you look inside these machines, you will see the same thick layer of crusty white minerals blocking pipes and coating heating elements. Hard water minerals also impede the formation of soap lather, and people often attempt to compensate by using far more detergent, soap, or shampoo than they should need. Using lot’s of soap with hard water creates soap scum that can cause clogs in your drains leading to a hefty plumbing bill.
The True Costs of Hard Water
When you use hard water, it can be expensive. You may not notice how much this is until you start paying attention to your utility bills. The water hardening minerals present in the water supply will build up over time in your plumbing pipes narrowing them. This will reduce the flow of water, and eventually, the pipes may become totally clogged. This will impede the efficiency of your appliances because they will need to run for a longer period of time using more energy. Let’s look at four compelling facts to further illustrate the hidden costs.
- Overworked Appliances: When you’re using hard water, the useful lifespan of your water using appliances could be lowered by 30-50%.
- Water Usage: It’s estimated that over a decade, an average home could spend $1500 if they use hard water.
- Higher Energy Usage: Approximately 29% more energy is required to heat water for your home if you use hard water.
- Soap and Detergent Costs: The average American home spends $1039 on soap, detergents, and cleansing products. This cost could be lowered by as much as 80% if a water softener is used.
Washing, showering, and bathing in hard water can also take a real toll on your hygiene. Those hard water minerals that you see on your plumbing fixtures are left on your skin and hair. They cannot be rinsed away with more hard water, and a thin film is left behind on your skin pores. This material can make your hair flat and tangled and exacerbate skin conditions. You local water treatment professional can install a water softener system to remove the hard mineral content from your water supply.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.