What’s The Scoop On Hard Water?

If you live in California, you’ve seen it before. It’s that white substance around our faucets. It’s also known to build up in our plumbing system creating restricted water flow. The culprit is calcium and magnesium. The International Journal of Preventive Medicine (IJPM) compiled 13 different studies on the subject. All the studies were on potential health effects of hard water on humans. Some of which are still unknown.

Know The Effects Of Hard Water Can Have On Our Plumbing

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What is not unknown is how it affects our fixtures and appliances. Most notably, we see the crust on our faucets, scale on our glass doors and spots on our drinking glasses. The scale, crust, and spots are created by the calcium and magnesium in our drinking water. When water is heated, the minerals precipitate and attach to the contacted surfaces. In most cases, we dry or wipe down the surfaces that make contact. But in the case of our faucets, the minerals build up. And in our pipes, the calcium and magnesium can build up over time.

For Some Hard Water Can Cause Problems

Soap reacts with calcium ions and magnesium ions that create soap scum. Hard water mixed with soap is difficult to lather while, on the other hand, soft water will lather easily. Hard water also leaves a film that prevents moisture from entering your hair which leaves it dull and dry. Since hard water contains dissolved solids like calcium and magnesium, it can clog your pores. And for those with sensitive skin, it can feel dry, itchy and irritated.

The Solution Is Simple

So, what’s the solution? Simple…soft water. California is notorious for hard water. Installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system or carbon water filtration system in your home solves the hard water problem. Your skin, hair, and overall health will notice the difference. Additionally, you’ll see the difference in your showers doors, faucets and dishes. There are tremendous benefits from both systems.


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