Hard water in your home
Do you have a white scale build-up on your faucets and appliances that is difficult to remove?
If so, then chances are you have hard water which means it has a lot of minerals like calcium and magnesium in it. Your water collects these minerals from the ground while traveling to your home. Excess amounts of these minerals can be harmful to household items such as plumbing, appliances, and other surfaces that come in contact with hard water. Here are some of the specific areas to watch for if you think you might have hard water.
When hard water flows through your plumbing system, it reacts with the linings of your pipes. This can leave behind mineral deposits and scaling that will eventually reduce water flow or clog the plumbing system that ultimately requires pipe replacement. Faucets, valves, and showerheads will often become clogged with deposits as well.
When you have hard water, it will cause mineral deposits from inside the tank and on the heating elements of water heaters. The mineral deposits and the scaling will form an insulating barrier between the heating element and water, which significantly reduces the efficiency of the water heater and increases the cost of heating your water up to 20-30%. The prolonged buildup will even cause damage that requires replacing the unit.
Dishwashers, coffee makers, and washing machines are prone to the mineral buildup that contributes to inefficient and costly operation. As the minerals build-up in these types of appliances, the efficiency of the heating element reduces and the time needed to heat the water increases. If the appliance heating cycle is on a timer, it may never reach the appropriate temperature. This layer of scale can actually cause the heating element to burn out, reducing the lifespan of the appliance and can become very costly.
Glasses, dishes, and your silverware also suffer from hardness. Not only does water with high mineral content leave a residue and spots, but it is also like sandblasting your dishes over time. Surfaces appear cloudy and rough over time instead of smooth and shiny like when you purchased them.
Hard water will fuse with laundry detergents as well and cause them to be less effective, forming a soap scum that sticks to fabric and works its way into the fibers. Over time your clothes can look gray, dull and dingy and leave towels scratchy and rough and cause clothes and linens to wear out much faster.
We know that minerals will stick to a home’s pipes, faucets, and appliances, but it will also stick to the soaps that we use every day! The calcium in the water will mix with these soaps to form a thick, sticky curd-like substance we know as soap scum. It sticks to your showers walls and glass doors, bathtubs, sinks, and even your hair and skin when you bathe. This dries our bodies leaving your hair frizzy and your skin itchy and dry.
Regardless of the water problems you’re experiencing, we offer products that can offer a solution and can help you get the quality water you deserve.