What makes water hard? Water shouldn’t be soft or hard, right? When water moves through soil and over rocks, it picks up minerals from them. Calcium and magnesium are the two most common minerals making water hard. As more calcium and magnesium is picked up, water becomes more difficult to use.
The Effects of Hard Water
While drinking hard water isn’t harmful, it does make bathing, dish washing, and cleaning more difficult. The mineral deposits build up in pipes and faucets. The water stains sinks and bathtubs. The water makes cloth dingy and leaves a film on dishes.
The soap used on human skin and clothing doesn’t mix with the minerals. It doesn’t wash off skin or out of clothing. A curd-like substance is left behind, making fabric stiff and dingy-looking. Hair feels stiff and dry like straw. The skin gets a soapy film on it, leaving it unable to return to its normally acidic condition.
The minerals in the water will build up in the coffee pot, the ice maker on the fridge, and any other appliances using water. The taste of the product will be markedly different. Cleaning with hard water is difficult, because the cleaning solutions diluted with hard water can’t get through the minerals to clean anything.
How to Deal With Hard Water
Water softeners are the remedy of choice for those with hard water. The materials in the softeners block the minerals, so they can’t mix with the water. There are different types of water softeners, so ask the company you call for help what they use.
You’ll need to call a water company for water softener installation as well as water softener repair. If you’re a plumber, you can DIY, but a water company is your best bet for water softening.