Hard water is an incredibly common problem that affects millions of homes. This issue is so common, in fact, that many people have no clue that they are conducting their daily lives with hard water.
When water is contaminated by the presence of minerals, such as calcium, it becomes hard water. This contamination leads to mineral build-up along water lines and inside of water appliances. The problems that arise from this can range from mildly aggravating to downright expensive and inconvenient. In this article, we’ll explain the problems caused by hard water build-up in your home.
Hard Water Simply Isn’t Healthy
The water that you bathe in, cook with and drink should be as pure as possible. This is why so many households make use of water conditioning systems – even if they didn’t previously experience hard water build-up. The minerals that can reside in your home’s water aren’t especially healthy to consume, especially in large quantities.
Many skin conditions, such as eczema, can be aggravated by hard water coming into contact with the affected skin. The minerals are difficult to wash away and can create an invisible layer of build-up on skin over time. This problem is only made worse when the clothes the person wears are washed in that same hard water.
Hard Water Damages Appliances
The build-up caused by hard water isn’t harmless, not to the body and not to your appliances. Over time, hard water can leave behind traces of minerals that will build up within your water lines. This affects the functionality of your water-requiring appliances.
First, the build-up within water lines can drastically impact the flow of water to and from your appliances, like your washing machine and dishwasher. This alters their ability to clean their contents thoroughly and effectively. If you ever have to run your dishwasher or washing machine more than once to get the same load clean, hard water could be the culprit.
Second, hard water plus dishwashing or laundry liquid equals soap scum. Soap scum is what happens when the minerals found in hard water meet the water in your appliances, or even in your shower. Soap scum is difficult to clean away, especially in the narrow areas of your machines and in-between the tiles in your shower. If soap scum is present, you will see it on your dishes and clothes.
Hard water is a pervasive and persistent problem, one that should be addressed using residential water treatment.