What is Hard Water and Why Should You Care?
According to HomeWater 101, 85% of the country has hard water and Cincinnati has some of the hardest water in the country.
The hardness of water is measured by the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Water is considered to be hard water when it is high in both calcium and magnesium. The reason you can feel the difference between hard and soft water on your skin is because soap reacts with the calcium to form soap scum. This results in the need for more soap or detergent to get things clean with hard water. That’s where you get the term “hardness” from… it’s hard to wash in.
- Calcium and magnesium in hard water affect many areas in your home such as:
- The life of your water heater can be shortened by deposits of scale.
- Utility bills can increase due to accumulated scale in the water heater because scale is a poor conductor of heat which increases the energy needed to heat water.Film and scale can accumulate on tile and bath/kitchen fixtures.
- Clothes can look gray and dingy because of reduced “sudsing” action.
- Clothes can feel stiff or harsh.
- Clothes don’t last as long because of the harsh minerals in hard water.
- Glasses and dishes remain white filmed and spotted even after cleaning.
- The taste of tea and coffee can be affected by hard water.
- Clogged pipes and reduced water flow can be caused by hard water.
- Your skin can feel dry from an invisible soapy film left on it.
- Your hair can look dull and limp from excess filmy shampoo residue.
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