Hard Water Problems

Water is the universal solvent. This means it absorbs a little of almost everything it makes contact with. Unfortunately, this results in several issues that can be detrimental to your home. Bathing with soap in hard water leaves a film of sticky soap curd on the skin. The film may prevent removal of soil and bacteria. Soap curd interferes with the return of skin to it’s normal, slightly acid condition, and may lead to irritation. Soap curd on hair may make it dull, lifeless and difficult to manage. Clothes washed in hard water often look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. The hardness minerals combine with some soils to form insoluble salts, making them difficult to remove. When washing dishes, especially in a dishwasher, hard water may cause spotting and filming on your crockery. The minerals from hard water are released faster when it comes into contact with heat. Hard water also contributes to inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances. Heated hard water forms a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals (limescale deposits) that can contribute to the inefficient operation or failure of water-using appliances. Pipes can become clogged with scale that reduces water flow and ultimately requires pipe replacement. Limescale has been known to increase energy bills by up to 25%.

Hard water is caused by groundwater dissolving and carrying away minerals, most often calcium, magnesium and iron, from rock. The majority of homeowners have hard water— including those on municipal water supplies—but most homeowners don’t know they have it and don’t realize the constant and expensive harm it causes.

When hard water comes in contact with heating elements or hot surfaces, it forms “scale” that builds up and shortens the life of water-using appliances like your water heater. Hard water also leaves deposits on your plumbing fixtures, tubs, sinks, dishes, silverware and glassware that are virtually impossible to clean. With hard water, soaps and detergents aren’t rinsed completely away, leaving a soap residue in your tub and shower (bathtub ring), on your laundry and even on you.

Do you struggle with any of the following?

  • Your dishes have water spots on them.
  • You always have dry, itchy skin and dried out hair.
  • Your soap won’t lather well.
  • Your white clothes look dingy.
  • There’s white, crusty sediment on your fixtures.
  • You see a recurring bathtub ring in your shower.
  • You have rust-colored stains on your clothes, silverware, or porcelain fixtures.

If you said yes to any of the above, then you need to get your water tested for hard water.

Discuss your problem with one of our water consultants.