Most of us may have heard the term “hard water”, but not understood what it really meant. However, finding out whether the water coming into our homes is “hard” or “soft” is important. Hard water can reduce the efficiency of our water-using appliances (i.e., refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines) due to sediment buildup. It can also shorten the life of appliances and result in pricey repair bills.
But what exactly is “hard water?” Hard water is water that has a high content of minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. These minerals can build up and clog appliance water lines and pipes. Although not a health hazard, it can be a nuisance in our homes and damage pipes and appliances. Hard water can cause laundry to fade, be scratchy and dingy, leave ugly spots or streaks on dishes, and soap scum on showers, tubs and faucets. Physically we are not immune either. Hard water can leave a residue on hair and skin that can result in sticky, dull hair, and skin irritations and rashes. Hard water also reduces the effectiveness of soaps and detergents.
Testing for hard water can be as simple as calling your local water company if you are on a public source. If your water comes from a private source, you can have the water tested by taking a sample to a testing lab, or a local city or state health department. You can also search online for test strip kits, check with your local supply store, or companies that sell water softening systems.
You’ve done your testing and you find out you do have hard water. What now? You will want to look into ways to soften your water. There are filtering systems that are plumbed directly into your water supply. The most popular being an automatic system with a timer to flush and recharge the system. Another type uses a computer to watch water usage and initiate regeneration. A third kind, a mechanical water meter, measures water used and recharge as needed. Since properly softening your water is based on the degree of hardness, speaking with a professional will assist you in making the best decision for your home and family.
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