Is Hard Water A Real Problem?

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Hard water is more than just a nuisance. It can have an impact on everything from your cleanliness to your plumbing system. Despite this, many homeowners fail to take action to treat the water. If you have hard water, here is what you need to know.  

What Problems Are Caused By Hard Water?

Hard water can lead to damage that affects your pocketbook. For instance, it is more difficult to clean with hard water, which could mean your family has to use more soap and other detergents to achieve the cleanliness levels desired.  

The hard water can also cause mineral buildups in your plumbing lines. The buildup can get into your water heater, which causes it to operate less efficiently. The less efficiently it operates, the higher your energy bills will be. The mineral buildups can also cause the plumbing lines to deteriorate.  

Hard water can also make it difficult to bathe or shower. Not only could you be faced with a soap residue on your skin, but your skin could be extra dry. 

How Can You Identify Hard Water?

One of the most obvious ways to determine if you have hard water is to pay attention to how well soap lathers in the water. If you cannot generate a good lather and the soap leaves behind a residue after washing it away, you most likely have a hard water problem.  

Another sign of hard water is that your pipes frequently clog. The mineral buildup can prevent water and other debris from going down the plumbing pipes.  

Hard water can also cause strange stains in your sinks and toilets. You might even notice a strange smell emitting from the water.

What Can You Do?

There are a couple viable options for dealing with a hard water problem. You can opt to use a water softener or water conditioner. Although both accomplish the same goal, they vary in their approach.  

A water softener works by exchanging the calcium and magnesium in the water with sodium. By contrast, a water conditioner works by using an electric field to change the ions in the water so that they will not cause a buildup.  

Water softeners tend to be more expensive than a water conditioner. Your plumber can help assess your water situation and determine which is the best option for your hard water situation. He or she can also evaluate your plumbing to check for damage due to the hard water. 

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