What To Do About Hard Water

What is Hard Water

Hard water is water that has a higher than normal mineral content, especially calcium and magnesium ions. More often found in well water it can also come through city water supplies. The higher the calcium and magnesium content the harder the water. Here are some things you can do that are suggested by Goodsense Plumbing & Drain Cleaning.

How to Tell if you have Hard Water

If you notice streaking or cloudy residue on dishes or glasses when you remove them from your dishwasher it’s a sign you may have hard water. Trying to rinse soap or shampoo after showering or bathing in hard water and there’s a noticeable film on you skin and hair. For some people this can leave them with extremely dry skin and hair. The pipes in your home can end up with mineral buildup which over time lowers the home’s water pressure.

While soap scum on dishes or not feeling clean after showering seem minor, hard water can be detrimental to a person’s health. A water supply that contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium can cause regular stomach upset and constant fatigue. Ingesting these minerals in such high concentrations can prevent the body from properly absorbing Vitamin D making them more susceptible to health problems.

Economic Impact

Apart from the health issues there’s the added personal expense or buying more dishwashing and laundry detergents in an attempt to clean dishes and clothes properly.

There’s also the wear and tear on appliances shortening their expected life cycle. Often the appliances are needlessly replaced after being blamed for inadequate cleaning causing homeowners to spend even more money. In the same way mineral deposits build up in water pipes they clog the jets and tubes in dishwashers and washing machines.

The Remedy

The easiest and most practical way to the issues hard water causes is to have a water softener installed. A water softener is an appliance that softens the water by removing the calcium and magnesium and replacing it with soft ions such as sodium or potassium. Installing a water softener will impact on how clean you and your things look and feel as well as saving the cost of replacing appliances frequently.

If you live in the Victoria BC area contact a plumbing contractor for more information about water softeners and all your plumbing needs.