A Guide to Hard Water in Your Home By Luminous Water Solutions
What does it mean to have “hard” or “soft” water. Hard water contains a noticeable amount of dissolved minerals, namely calcium and magnesium, but also chalk and lime. Soft water is treated water that only contains sodium.
Indicators of hard water around your home: White scaling on faucets. Soap scum on tubs and sinks. Dingy whites from your laundry. Mineral residue on dishes and glassware.
What else can water affect? Hard Water and Soaps: Laundry detergent and hard water won’t lather to properly clean clothing. Skin and hair become dry because hard water doesn’t wash off hand soap and bathing soaps. Hot Water Tank: The minerals in hard water increase its boiling point, causing it to take longer to heat. A longer heat time requires more energy, which costs you more money.
What can happen from too much mineral build-up? Unresolved hard water problems lead to damages and expenses. Most notably, mineral build-up in your hot water tank and pipes causes inefficiencies and will be expensive to replace. You will also spend more money on cleaning products to remove hard water stains, as well as more money on laundry and dish detergent, hand soap, bathing soaps, and lotion.
How can you remove hard water stains? Natural, homemade stain removers are ideal. • Half water / half vinegar mixture in a spray bottle • Baking soda / vinegar paste • Lemon juice in a spray bottle Cleaners specifically made to remove soap scum and hard water build-up contain hydrochloric acid, which is a harsh chemical that should probably only be used as a last resort.
How can you prevent hard water problems for good? The best way to prevent hard water problems is to install a water softener in your home. A whole house water softener system will treat your water as it comes into your home so that everything from your pipes to your faucets and shower walls are free from accumulating mineral build-up.
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