Hard water in the home can cause a range of problems that can make keeping your home clean more difficult, while also causing potential damage to your plumbing system.
Doing laundry with hard water can make clothing look dingy and feel rough and scratchy. The minerals in hard water combine with soils to form insoluble salts, making them difficult to clean. It can take more detergent to get clothing clean in hard water. Continuous laundering in hard water can damage cloth fibers, significantly shortening the life of clothing.
Bathing in hard water leaves an unpleasant film of sticky soap scum on the skin. This film can prevent the removal of dirt and bacteria. Soap curd can also interfere with the skin’s natural PH balance, aggravating conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Soap scum on hair can make it dull and difficult to manage.
When washing dishes, especially in a dishwasher, hard water may cause spotting and filming on your crockery. The minerals from hard water are released faster when it comes into contact with heat, causing an increase in the amount of spotting and filming that occurs. This problem is not a health risk, but it can be a nuisance to clean and reduce the quality of your dishes.
Other Hard Water Problems
Hard water also contributes to the inefficient and costly operation of water-using appliances. Heated hard water forms a scale of calcium and magnesium minerals (limescale deposits) that can contribute to the inefficient operation or failure of water-using appliances, such as water heaters and dishwashers. Pipes can become clogged with scale that reduces water flow and ultimately requires pipe replacement.
The Solution to Hard Water Is a Water Softener