The solution to hard water problems is a water softener. Hard water is filled with minerals including calcium, carbonate, magnesium and manganese. When soap and shampoo do not lather, spots surface on dishes, a ring show up on the bathtub, laundry looks grimy and scale deposits are showing on your coffee maker, there is probably a “hard” problem in your home. Statistics reveal that 85% of European homes are affected by such issues.
These natural minerals do not usually make people prone to health issues, but can cause damage to your water heater, plumbing plus other similar appliances, and make it more challenging to wash hair, skin, clothing and dishes.
Hard water is not much of a health problem but more of a possible expense. Most problems caused by it do not surface until your home’s plumbing system or water-using appliance malfunctions in one way or another. When dissolved hard-water minerals are heated, they crystallize again then form a scale that clogs plumbing in the long run, reducing the flow. Deposits of scale and lime also wreak havoc on water-heating appliances like coffee makers and dishwashers, increasing the need for repairs.
These issues present themselves as annoying
Whenever you take a bath, clean, cook and do laundry. Calcium and magnesium react with a lot of cleansers, detergents, shampoos and soaps, reducing their ability to clean and lather. Therefore, you need either need to use more products or rinse longer. Also, they form a scum on tiles and hard to clean bathtub ring. In the kitchen, this “soap curd causes scale on cookware and spots on dishes. Also, some minerals like iron and manganese cause it to have an undesirable taste, odor or appearance.
Hard water may affect the health regarding one aspect: people who use it are more likely to have rashes and skin problems since it changes the pH of the skin, causing soap to stay on the skin and clog pores. Further, hard water is not a friendly option in terms of washing clothes, people who are brand conscious get in a panic to wash their expensive clothes in hard water.
Treating hard water with softeners
These problems can be addressed by using a water softener, which can minimize the adverse effects. This unit is a specific ion exchange meant to remove positively charged ions. Anti-scale systems allow calcium ions to be transformed to stable calcium crystals that cannot stick to pipes, hardware, fixtures, pipes or surfaces. Since the crystals are tiny, water can quickly rinse them away. Moreover, they are neutral, safe, resistant to heat and stable. They cannot stick to any surfaces so they cannot cause lime deposits in your pipes, heaters and water-using appliances.
These are advantages to using a water softener:
- Softer skin and smoother, shinier hair.
- Cleaner and more polished cars, glassware, mirror, silverware, tiles and plumbing fixtures.
- Less soap curd allows easier cleaning and minimizes housework.
- Less use of soap and shampoo because using this with softened water produces a richer lather.
- Softer, cleaner clothing since no hard minerals remain in the fabric resulting in whiter whites and more extended lasting fabrics without the dingy gray that hard water causes.
- Longer durable appliances like coffee makers, dishwashers, ice makers, washing machines and water heaters.
- More money saved on energy expenses and repairs of damages.