What Is Hard Water, and Why Is It a Problem?

Have you heard the term “hard water” and wondered what it was actually referring to? Water hardness is just one of the things that are measured and quantified when looking at water quality. Although hard water is usually safe to drink, it can cause other issues. Here is why hard water could be causing problems in your home.

What is hard water?

When water is considered “hard,” it means that the water has significant amounts of calcium and magnesium, as well as other potential minerals. These minerals occur naturally and are not toxic in reasonable amounts, but a concentration of minerals can cause issues with health and home maintenance.

How does hard water affect your health?

Most scientists agree that hard water is perfectly safe to drink, and you don’t really have to worry about treating your water just for hardness. However, hard water can still affect your health in other ways. Many people with chronic skin conditions find that hard water worsens their symptoms or can cause flares. 

How does hard water cost you money in home repairs?

A high concentration of minerals in the water can lead to expensive home repairs, even up to a complete plumbing reinstallation in the worst situations. Those minerals leave deposits in your plumbing, fixtures, and appliances. 

If your plumbing becomes too inundated with calcium deposits, it could restrict the flow of water and cause you to have significant pressure issues. By this point, those pipes might be too far gone to be cleaned and repaired and may just have to be replaced. 

When hard water deposits form in your dishwasher or washing machine, your items will not come out clean. They will be covered in scum and may even contain pieces of detergent.

If you are having these issues with your plumbing, mineral deposits are likely the culprit. Contact us today for a plumbing inspection to determine what maintenance you need for your system. We can also help you make your new plumbing and appliances last longer with preventative system maintenance.