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Is Hard Water Really That Bad?

water-softenerTexas is one of the states with the highest concentration of hard water. So that likely means A) You’ve been dealing with hard water this whole time and have learned to accept it, or B) You’ve been putting up with hard water this whole time and absolutely hate it.

If you’re the type who believes hard water is nothing more than an inconvenience, we’d urge you to reconsider your stance. While hard water certainly isn’t deadly or dangerous, we can’t deny that it can have a detrimental effect on your property and your plumbing system in Mesquite, TX.

What Is Hard Water, Really?

We hear the term “hard water” all the time, but what that actually means may not be obvious. But it’s not complicated. “Hard water” is simply water with a high mineral content.

As water seeps through limestone and chalk, it can acquire a high concentration of magnesium and calcium carbonates. This water is eventually collected in reservoirs, enters the municipal drinking water system, and makes its way to your home.

While the municipal water treatment plant will remove many contaminants from your water, they will not soften the water for you. Since hard water is technically not dangerous or unhealthy, the decision to soften incoming water relies on the homeowner. Even with that being said, there are plenty of reasons you should have your water softened.

Negative Effects of Hard Water

Over time, hard water can have a detrimental effect on your plumbing and your property.

Diminishes Lifespan of Water Heater

Hard water leaves an excessive buildup of sediment in your water heater. If the tank isn’t flushed regularly, that buildup can contribute to a slower rate of water heating, increased chance of leaks, and noisy performance. In the case that you’re using a tankless water heater, mineral deposits can build up on the electric heating elements, creating operational issues.

Ruins Your Glass Dinnerware

When there’s too much hard water, those sparkling dinner glasses you bought will eventually become cloudy and spotted. This is due to the way that hard water interacts with dish-washing detergent.

Ages Your Clothing Faster

Do your clothes look old? Hard water will cause the color of your clothing to fade much sooner, and it can even make it feel scratchy and hard.

Itchy Skin and Eczema

Some studies have shown that those with sensitive skin may develop eczema after too much exposure to hard water. Not only does the magnesium and calcium stand the chance of irritating your skin, but it can be made even worse when combined with the fact that it can make your clothes itchy.

Is a Water Softener for You?

If your hard water problems are causing any of the above issues in your home, you should start considering the long-term effects. Having to buy new clothes and dishes more often can be a financial burden. Likewise, experiencing a shortened lifespan for your water heater is not something you should have to tolerate. It might be time for water softening.

If you want to test your hard water and see if we can help, contact Earthwise Home Services today. Because our Planet Matters.

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