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Is Hard Water Really a Big Deal?

water softener salt tank being filledThese days, most municipal water supplies have a good level of filtration and conditioning before they reach your faucets. And if you use ground water from a private well, you probably have some sort of water treatment system on site. However, something that most people don’t realize is missing from their homes is protection from hard water. But is it really that big of a deal?

Hard water is the name given to water with a high concentration of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but can do a lot of damage to your plumbing system, not to mention your quality of life. You can resolve this with a Brooklyn Center, MN water softener installation from experienced professionals. In the meantime, we’ve covered below why hard water is, in fact, a big deal.

You Constantly Deal with Soap Scum in Your Bathtub and Shower

No, the constant presence of soap scum doesn’t mean you aren’t good at keeping things clean. As a matter of fact, soap scum can build up quite quickly due to hard water. The minerals present prevent soap from dissolving as easily as it would otherwise.

You Have Water Spots on Your Dishes

Water spots that show up on glassware and other dishes out of the dishwasher are due to the minerals in hard water. Just like ingestion, this is harmless. But, it’s still of course an annoyance, and can also indicate that your dishwasher is accumulating damage from the hard water molecules over time—a problem that could end up leading you to premature dishwasher replacement.

There Is White or Yellow Residue Buildup Around Sinks and Drains

This is a pretty apparent sign that your plumbing is in trouble. This same buildup that you see on the outside of a faucet or drain is also occurring within your pipes. Over time, the mineral deposits continue to build up and restrict the volume inside your pipes. Eventually, you might need to replace your faucet and even part of your plumbing system far sooner than expected.

Your Hair and Skin Don’t Feel Right After Showering

Many people who suffer from hard water describe their hair as feeling dull after a shower, or lacking in volume. They even describe their skin as feeling raw or dry, and notice a residue after drying off. What happens is that the minerals in hard water dilute the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash you’re using, which results in this quality-of-life annoyance.

The Showerhead Clogs Up

Over a period of time, mineral buildup can restrict water from flowing through the pipes. Before that occurs, though, the minerals can stop water from flowing through your showerhead at all. You can typically unscrew the end of the showerhead and clean out what’s called the aerator, however this is just a temporary fix to a permanent problem that needs to be resolved at the source.

For more helpful advice and for quality water treatment services, contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today!

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