How Do You Get Hard Water?
Hard water is water that has high mineral content which is formed when our water percolates through Rock, Sand & Limestone which is meant to filter the pollution but unfortunately makes it hard and then becomes our tap water.
This water contains dissolved chemical compounds of magnesium and calcium, sometimes even certain other trivalent & divalent metallic elements.
Hard water can contribute to dry skin & hair. Washing your hair frequently with hard water can typically leave your scalp feeling itchy. The minerals in this water can also change the pH balance of your skin, weakening it as a barrier against harmful bacteria and infections.
Signs You Have Hard Water :
Water tastes or smells funky - For instance, if your water has an unpleasant metallic taste, there is most likely to much iron in the water.
If your water smells like rotten eggs, that could be naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide gas or certain bacteria reacting with magnesium to form sulfates. Some people also say their water tastes like dirt. That could be sediment ( actual dirt ), old pipes or algae. Algae blooms can also give your tap water a moldy aftertaste.
Spots & Mineral Stains - Spots can appear on glasses & silverware coming out of the dishwasher / sink. These are normally deposits of calcium carbonate.
Mineral stains can show up on clothes when they come out of the washing machine. Clothes wear out faster due to hardness in the water.
You're getting other strange stains - Ugly brown or reddish stains can appear around your toilet, sink, bathtub, or even on the bottom of your shower curtain. You can also blame this on Hard Water, specifically the Iron that is in your water.
Feeling a film on your hands after washing them - This is usually caused by the soap reacting with calcium to form soap scum, making you have to rinse your hands longer.
Your family has skin irritation issues - Since washing in hard water will leave soap behind, it causes people's skin to get dried out and itchy. Mineral deposits left on the body can also suck moisture right out of your body.
There is also research indicating that bathing / showering in hard water could cause eczema symptoms to worsen, another study has proved exposure to hard water could increase the risk of developing eczema in elementary-school-age children.
Less water pressure in your home - Mineral deposits can form in the pipes, essentially shrinking the interior diameter of the pipes & reducing water flow.
If you have any questions or concerns about your water, please feel free to contact us!