If you have been keeping up with our latest blogs, you probably have read about the effects of hard water in your home. Hard water can be unpalatable, damage skin and hair, and it could also do some damage to your home.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water occurs naturally, and it is very common in U.S. households. In fact, according to a recent survey, 85% of the water in the United States is hard.
As water travels through the ground, it attracts minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These excess minerals dissolve into the water, turning it into hard water. Whether your water supply comes from a well or a municipal water supply, you may have hard water in your home.
Drinking hard water is not considered a health risk, but it could damage your hair, skin, nails, items, and appliances in your home, and is unpalatable and often has a funky smell.
What homeowners need to know is that, in addition to providing clean, healthy, drinking and bathing water, a whole house water filtration system can help keep your home clean.
Let’s take a look at how a whole house water filtration system will help you clean your home.
If you have hard water present in your home, you may have noticed that your dishes still feel dirty after a cycle in the dishwasher. When hard water is used to clean your dishes in the dishwasher, there typically is a cloudy, white, residue left on glasses or silverware.
Clean, Fresh Laundry
Another visible effect of hard water is found on your laundry. Have you ever run your laundry through the washing machine only for it to come out dry and tough? Washing clothing in hard water can also leave mineral deposits behind on your clothing that could cause soiling to build upon the material, leaving them looking dingy.
Some people with hard water in their home might think it is the detergent products you are using, that causes the odd texture of the clothing. Ultimately, you are wasting money on different detergent products and water because, most of the time, you will try and wash the laundry until it is perfectly soft. Unfortunately, only a water filtration system can do the trick.
This is because excess minerals in hard water do not mix well with detergent. Hard water keeps water from doing its job. When your laundry is washed in hard water, the extra calcium minerals bond with the soap to create a detergent substance that sticks to the fabric fibers, building up more dirt than before you washed your clothes.
Gets Rid of Buildup
If you have hard water in your home, you might also notice a buildup of scum around your faucets or showerheads. Over time, the buildup continues to increase and eventually becomes nearly impossible to remove.
Sure, you can replace faucets and showerheads at a low cost, but hard water also damages your plumbing system and, as you may know, once the plumbing becomes damaged, it becomes very expensive.
The problem is, the mineral buildup in the plumbing is not visible. You may notice a build-up on your faucets that comes right off, but what doesn’t come off is the mineral buildup inside your pipes. If left unresolved, it could lead to reduced water flow, clogs, and increased stress on pipes. If you notice a buildup around your faucets or showerheads, do not overlook it and test the water in your home to determine if you have hard water.
Keeps Your Appliances Functioning Correctly
Now that we have established how detrimental hard water can be for your plumbing imagine what it does to your appliances? As you may also know, appliances don’t come cheap.
Any appliance that utilizes the water in your home is at risk of being damaged by the scale build up. This includes your dishwasher, laundry machine, water heater, refrigerator, etc.
Hard water can also damage some daily kitchen tools that you may be using. For instance, a coffee pot is affected by hard water as it requires water to brew coffee. The hard water can cause build-up on tools such as a coffee pot or juice maker that requires water.
Keep in mind that it could take some time for the scale build-up to become noticeable on your appliances, but at that point, your appliance is already damaged. If you suspect hard water in your home, get a free water test.
A Whole House Water Filtration System= Cleaner Home
Any item in your home that interacts with water can be impacted by the minerals and chemicals in your water supply. Unfortunately, the municipal water supply does not treat hard water.
What Does A Whole House Water Filtration System Do?
A whole house water filter provides clean, filtered water for the entire home. There are quite a few water filters out there that are commonly designed for the kitchen. While it is essential to treat your kitchen’s water supply, it is also vital to treat the entire home. Not only will a whole house water filtration system treat your drinking water, but it will treat the water you bathe in, the water that filters through your pipes and appliances, and everything in between!
Once you install a whole house water filtration system in your home, you will notice cleaner clothes, dishes, and appliances that work as good as new!
The Science of Water is proud to serve the Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida area. With more than 35 years of combined experience, we look forward to the positive impact each system has on America’s water. We are also a proud authorized dealer for Puronics; a NASA-approved technology that monitors your water to optimize water quality and operating efficiency.
To learn about our water solutions, contact our team today or check out our latest blog posts to learn more about your home’s water supply!