Overcoming Problems Caused By Hard Water In Your Home

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If the residential water supply in your neighborhood is hard, meaning it contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, you will notice the effects of the mineral-rich water on your clothes, dishes and the performance of household appliances. While untreated hard water does not pose any serious health risks, it can still have a detrimental impact on your household. The following primer on residential hard water issues can help you identify and manage problems caused by a water supply with high levels of dissolved minerals.

Signs of Hard Water

Many indicators of hard water are obvious to detect such as clothes that come out of the washing machine looking dingy with soap residue that you must rinse out. Other telltale signs of hard water include:

  • Hard to clean rings around your bathtub
  • A film of soap scum around kitchen in bathroom sinks
  • Built up soap scum on bathtub and shower walls
  • Rust-colored stains around faucets and drains
  • Spots on dishes when they come out of the dishwasher

The hard water also causes the minerals to build up in plumbing pipes. When you notice that water is not draining properly in sinks, the pipes may be clogged up by mineral deposits.

Hard water can also affect your personal hygiene. It will take you a longer time to create soap lather when you bathe. The soap scum left from hard water can irritate your skin, leaving it dry and itchy. Hard water also makes your hair look dull and lifeless.

Laundry Solutions

The quickest way to deal with laundry problems caused by hard water is to add a water softener to your loads. You can purchase off-the-shelf products that will help to remove the minerals in hard water. You should look for softeners that are "non-precipitating," as they will also prevent mineral scale from building up in your washing machine.

You can also use distilled white vinegar to treat water spots on fabric. However, you should be careful with this method, as vinegar can also stain some types of fabrics. In addition, if you add vinegar to a load of clothes in the washing machine, you risk damaging the appliance's rubber seals.

Kitchen Solutions

If you do not like the idea of drinking water or washing dishes in the sink with hard water, you can boil the water to get rid of unwanted minerals. However, you will have to siphon off the minerals that fall to the bottom of the pot.

Another solution is to install an ion exchange filter to your kitchen faucet or use filtered pitchers for drinking water. The problem with these filter solutions is that they may not completely remove all of the minerals from the water.

Full House Solutions

Using liquid water softener in your laundry and adding filters to faucets should only be stopgaps if you want a permanent solution to hard water problems. You should hire a professional water treatment specialist to test your water and provide you with a full-house solution.

In addition, the costs of buying off-the-shelf products to treat hard water adds up over time. Furthermore, hard water will cause some appliances to use more energy as minerals will cause scale to build up inside the machines, making them less energy-efficient.

The water treatment firm will analyze your water to determine mineral concentrations. They will also reveal the reasons why you may have other issues with your water such as foul odors caused by the presence of sulfur or decayed organic matter in your pipes.

A treatment specialist can install a system that removes impurities at the point where water enters your home. The water will pass through a tank that purifies the water before it reaches the pipes that feed your faucets and appliances.

The type and size of equipment recommended by a water treatment specialist will vary based on how many people live in your house and what type of water-consuming appliances you own.

Once you have a full-house water treatment system in place, you will notice that your laundry looks brighter and your dishes are cleaner. In addition, you will not have to worry about prematurely replacing appliances that get worn out faster due to the effects of hard water. Visit http://valleypumpnw.com for more information about water treatment.

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