Most people have heard of “hard water” before, but they really have no idea what it means or if there is anything they can do about it. Hard water simply means that minerals such as calcium, carbonate, limestone, chalk and calcium sulfate have been absorbed into the water before it is pumped into your home. The two main culprits leading to hard water are calcium and magnesium. Too much iron can occasionally create some problems as well.
Having hard water actually makes it more difficult to get soap to lather in order to clean anything from your body to your dishes. The hardness of the water will determine how much soap you will use, how much scaling will appear on your dishes, and also the amount of mineral deposits clogging up your drains.
While having to use a lot of soap to clean everything is a pain, the real problem is in your drains being clogged. Hard water is really tough on plumbing and can also lead to damaging water heaters. Since the minerals are absorbed through the ground there can be geographical areas that are much more likely to have trouble. For instance, municipalities that get their water from rivers have much softer water than ones that get it straight from the ground.
So, what is the solution? The most sure-fire way to soften your water is to install a water softener, but the cost of this may make you re-think softening your water. First, there is the cost of the water softener unit itself, then you must factor in that your water usage will increase somewhere between 15 and 120 additional gallons for every 1,000 gallons of soft water processed – so that means your utility bill will also increase.
It really does just depend on each individual’s preferences because for a lot of people having good hair, clean dishes and good tasting coffee is worth the extra utility bills.
If you are worried that your pipes or water heater may have been damaged by hard water, give Carmine’s a call today at 203-791-8089 and we will be happy to help you figure out what is not working and why.