Whoever said all water tastes the same, has never had hard water or pondered the effects of hard water. Some people drink water straight from the tap without thinking of what they are ingesting.
What is hard water?
Hard water is safe to drink once in a while, but considering how much we can see from hard water, from blemishes to actual damage, how much do we know about what hard water does to the inside of our bodies? Hard water contains elevated levels of magnesium, calcium, and traces of other minerals.
The more calcium and magnesium that dissolves in the water, the harder the water becomes. Are you wondering if you have hard water in your home? There are a few signs to look out for:
- White, chalky residue or spots on dishes or dishwasher
- Clothes and linens that feel rough and look dull
- Scale buildup on faucets and ugly stains on white porcelain
- Dry skin and flat hair- this is because soap is not lathering or rinsing well
- Low water pressure from showers and faucets because of clogged pipes
In the United States, 90 percent of homes have hard water, but the truth is, the majority of homeowners don’t know it. If you are experiencing any of these signs, request a free water test from Science of Water.
If you have hard water in your home, it might be affecting your life in more ways than you think. Hard water can harm the plumbing pipes in your home from the mineral build-up and cause your sinks and showers to rust.
In addition to these household effects of hard water, it can be physically damaging to you and your family. Here are a few ways that hard water can affect the body.
Damage to hair and skin
Many people spend tons of money on products to maintain the health of their skin and hair. As consumers, we are searching for the best shampoo for our hair, the best soap to leave our skin silky soft, and the best body washes out there for our children. You can spend all the money in the world on these products but if you have hard water in your house, those products won’t be as helpful as clean water. When you or your family showers in hard water, you can feel it on your skin and hair. The hard water reduces moisture and leaves behind a film that makes it feel dirty to the touch. You may also begin to build up dandruff in your hair and, over time, develop skin complications such as eczema.
Causing kidney stones
Numerous factors can cause kidney stones, and hard water just so happens to link to the formation of kidney stones. Hard water contains an excessive amount of calcium and magnesium that may lead to kidney stones. When you install a water softener, the hard salts such as magnesium and calcium are replaced by sodium ions to improve the quality of water, making it more soluble. If you or your family member has ever experienced kidney stones, it’s crucial to install a water softener to minimize the problems associated with consuming hard water.
Increased risk of other health complications
One of the most common and severe effects of hard water is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. There are numerous studies out there that show that elevated levels of calcium and magnesium lead to both high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. If you are considering expanding your family, you will want to ensure you are not drinking hard water because it can also increase your risk of reproductive failure. Additionally, associations exist to hard water in connection with increased risk of cancers such as gastric, colon, ovarian, and esophageal cancer. Diabetes shares a link to drinking hard water. Needless to say, whether these health issues run in your family or not, it is best to avoid drinking hard water.
Other effects of hard water
Hard water is not only causing damage to your family’s health but also the home you all love. When it comes to doing laundry, you might find the quality of your clothes takes a considerable toll after a few washes. Hard water causes the clothing fabric to break down over time, and detergents and soap may not rinse off entirely as they should. The result is dulling colors and trapped odors in your freshly washed laundry.
After washing your dishes in the sink or running them through the dishwasher, you might notice a lingering residue on your dishes. These spots are the hard water minerals settling on your clean dishes. Most importantly, hard water impacts the lifetime of your home’s plumbing and appliances. Hard water causes a mineral build-up in your pipes, and if it is left unaddressed, the pipes eventually become clogged with calcification. Another symptom of hard water minerals is visible in the sinks, showerheads, and faucets as they begin to rust and become damaged.
The Solution: installing a water softener
Hard water negatively impacts your loved ones as well as your home. Installing a water softener eliminates hard water and removes the excess minerals. A water softener as a whole-house filtration system reduces the excess calcium and magnesium minerals through a process known as ion exchange. During ion exchange, opposite charges attract, and the negative charge of the minerals attracts to a bed of spherical resin beads. As the hard water makes its way through the resin, the beads gain traction towards the minerals and remove them from the water. As a result, you enjoy clean, soft water that is safe and delicious.
At Science of Water, we are passionate about keeping your loved ones healthy and extending the life of your home appliances. That is why we offer a free water test! Investing in a filtration system for your home puts your mind at ease, so you don’t have to worry whether the water in your home is safe or not.
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