Hard water is often referred to a water source that contains dissolved solids such as calcium and magnesium. In scientific terms, water contains more than 60 mg/L of calcium/magnesium is classified as hard water.
As we know that water is a universal solvent. These minerals are picked up naturally from soil and rocks as the groundwater flows through it.
So, What is the problem with hard water?
Fortunately, hard water does not pose any health hazard to our body. Calcium and magnesium are both beneficial minerals that help to maintain teeth and bone density. Drinking hard water will not have any negative impact on our body.
Here are some of the problems that associate with hard water.
- Hard Water Creates Scales on Fixtures
Scales are hard water deposits that stick on the household fixtures such as faucets, bathtub, and mirrors. While scales doesn’t have any negative impact on those appliances, it affects the appearance of the bathroom.
The scales will be worst as the hardness of water increases. This makes house cleaning troublesome as anti-scale agents such as vinegar are needed to remove the stubborn stains.
- Home Appliances Wear Off Quickly
Appliances such as dishwasher and coffee machines will age faster as expected due to the minerals deposits in those machines. The residue will dramatically reduce the performance of this equipment.
- Soap Scum on Bathing And Laundry Chores
The minerals in hard water will have a certain reaction against detergent and soap. When the hard water comes in contact with soap, a cloudy thin film refers to as soap scum appears.
The soap scum will make showering less effective. This will increase the usage of soap when bathing. Soap scum will stick on glass panel and bathtub which make cleaning worst.
On the other hand, hard water will make laundry chores worst. It creates problems such as white streaks on colored fabrics, stiff touch on clothing and shortens the lifespan of fabric due to the weakening of fibers.
- Skin irritation and hair dryness.
Minerals that are in hard water will cause skin conditions such as eczema and acne. This is due to dry skins and clogging pores when in contact with hard water. Once the skin is clogged or cracked, it is prone to bacterial infection as it enters from the skin.
The stiffness that happens on the laundry will occur on human hair too. The mineral will cause buildup in your hair, leaving it a dull and filmy and causes the scalp to be itchy and dry out.
The most common effect on hair is when the colored hair been washed out very quickly. This leads to a more frequent touch-up and imposes further damage.
- Serious Pipe Clogging
Pipe clogging will seriously impact and limit the water usage at home. It tends to lower the water pressure for the entire home and affects showering, washing and cooking experience.
Pipes are often concealed inside concrete wall. It is a big hassle to locate clogged pipes and replace them. It will cost you in the thousand to get it fixed.
How To Solve Hard Water Problems?
There are several ways to tackle the individual problems above. For cleaning purposes, vinegar is great in clearing scales and soap scums that appears on the fixtures and kitchen utensils.
A much-prefered move is to prevent hard water from entering your home in the first place.
Invest in a whole house softener system will stop the hard water at the point of entry. Not a single drop of hard water is allowed into your home. This will cut off all the problems that were mentioned above.
The majority will go for the salt-free softeners as it requires less maintenance. It uses ion exchange technology to break the mineral’s bonding of hard water.
To wrap it up, hard water might harm the appliances at home but it is safe to consume although it might have a dull and heavy taste which most of us were used to it.