If you live in Central Texas, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about hard water. Unfortunately, our area is known for having pretty hard water, and we deal with the effects of it often. But what is hard water, exactly?
What is hard water?
Hard water is the term used to describe water with high mineral content. When minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, accumulate and dissolve into water, it becomes “hard.” This can happen in any water, whether it’s from a well or the city. Signs of hard water include:
- Limescale buildup on faucets
- Rough-feeling or dull-looking fabrics
- Chalky white residue on dishes
- Dry skin and hair
Is hard water bad for you?
It’s important to remember that hard water isn’t unsafe — you can still drink it and use it normally. However, it does cause problems throughout your home over time that can be costly and downright annoying.
The most immediate problem is hard water stains in sinks, toilets and showers, which are unsightly and difficult to get rid of. You may also notice over time that you use more soap because the minerals in the water prevent it from lathering as much, and you’ll have to replace linens and clothes more often. The most costly effect of hard water is that buildup over time in your appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.) can cause them to work harder and even break down earlier, leaving you with higher water bills and expensive repairs.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
The best solution to hard water is water softener installation. Softened water is water that has gone through a process to remove the minerals that cause hard water to be problematic. Soft water has many benefits:
- Cleaning is easier and requires less soap
- Appliances don’t suffer from buildup
- No more stains on dishes and other surfaces
- Hair and skin is healthier
With so many benefits, soft water is an obvious choice. If you’re tired of dealing with the negative effects of hard water in your daily life, invest in a water softener from Parker & Sons Plumbing.
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