Did you know that the drinking water you think of as “pure,” is in fact littered with a variety of minerals such as calcium and magnesium? When this happens, your water is considered to be “hard,” and it can cause challenges for everything from your home to your hair, skin and nails. Laundry is also affected by hard water, as it can cause soap to not rinse as cleanly as it should from clothing, your skin and even your dishes. Learn more about hard water and options for combating it, such as water conditioning.
When is Water Hard?
Aside from the buildup of calcium and magnesium, several other minerals can cause problems such as manganese. While the additional mineral content isn’t considered dangerous for individuals, it certainly can be undesirable and problematic for your health and home. The reactions that the minerals have with metal in your home can cause corrosion in plumbing pipes, while the change in the chemical makeup of the water makes soap and other cleaning products less effective.
Signs of Hard Water
You might notice a discolored film in your sink, shower or other places in your home where water may sit. This is a clue that you might have hard water. If you notice that the soap never seems to fully rinse clean off of your skin, this is another good indicator that you might need water conditioning to soften your system. The soap curd left on your skin by interaction with hard water may shorten the life of your clothes, dampen colors and cause graying of whites in the laundry too.
Combating Hard Water
One of the best ways to get rid of hard water is via water conditioning: a simple and effective water purification method that removes unwanted chemicals from your water. This technique changes the basic characteristics of your water, through pH control, storage control and control of the overall oxygen level. Benefits of conditioning your water are extensive, from a reduction of impurities you are introducing to your family’s life to reduced scaling in your pipes which can reduce the overall life of your home’s plumbing. You might even find that operating costs are lower and that your water tastes better after it comes through the conditioning and softening process.
If you suspect that your water is on the hard side, contact our professionals at Big B’s Plumbing. We offer salt-free water conditioning from Enviro Water Products. Not only will this help with your hard water problem, but it will help decrease water usage and help the environment at the same time. Have a crisis? You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 951-719-4507 or find us online at BigBPlumbing.com.