|Rain water becomes hard water after picking up minerals in the soil|
A recent United States geological survey found that more than 85 percent of the country contains hard water. As a result, most Americans have had to deal with hard water at some point in their lives. With such an abundance of hard water around, this begs the questions: is it harmful to us or our homes? What makes it “hard?” How do we eliminate hard water?
What is Hard Water?
Rain water is considered soft because it is free from minerals. However, as that rain water passes through rock, soil, sand and other natural elements, it gains a variety of minerals. Therefore, once it arrives in your sink or shower, it has picked up a high level of salts like calcium and magnesium ions. The hardness of water can be measured by grains per gallon on a scale from 1 to 10. Luckily, hard water is not harmful to humans.
Hard Water Problems
Unfortunately, hard water can cause major water damage in Jacksonville to plumbing, homes, office buildings and other structures. Although there are many minerals that exist in hard water, the calcium and magnesium cause the most damage. When these two minerals are heated, they are removed from the water and encrusted onto any object they touch thus creating mineral deposits. This can greatly affect the performance of common household appliances.
Mineral deposits are unsightly in kitchens and bathrooms and are even more challenging to remove. Also, they indirectly cause soap scum because soaps do not lather well in hard water. Therefore, more soap is used during bathing and hand-washing.
|Buildup from hard water on water heater elements|
Additionally, hard water minerals can build-up and clog pipes, thus reducing water flow. These deposits also shorten the life of water heaters resulting in higher utility bills in Town Center. Since these deposits are a poor conductor of heat, more energy is required to heat the water.
Disruption of Daily Lives
Although the deposits are not harmful to humans, hard water can have a major effect on your daily life. First, an invisible soapy film on the skin as a result of poor lathering can occur and leave you feeling extremely dry. Second, excess shampoo residue can leave your hair looking limp and dull. Third, glass and dishes will develop a white film, even after cleaning. Fourth, hard water can reduce the amount of sudsing during a rinse cycle which leaves clothes appearing to be dingy and grey and can even reduce the life cycle of clothes. Finally, hard water can even affect the taste of common water-based beverages like tea and coffee.
There has to be a solution to all of this hard water nastiness, right? Luckily, there are many solutions to this problem. First, water softeners can be installed into the water system in South Riverside which will break up the deposits. Second, distilled vinegar or some other type of rinsing agent placed in the dishwasher can remove film. Third, follow the instructions for using laundry detergent for hard water. Fourth, use soaps that have been formulated specifically for hard water. Finally, conduct regular maintenance on your pipes and internal appliances in Baymeadows to remove build-up.
Hard water can be a major annoyance in your life. Luckily, there are simple solutions, many of which only require vinegar, to improve your life and the life cycle of your appliances. A variety of simple solutions exist to help you improve this common issue.
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