How Hard Water Affects Your Home

water in the sinkHard water is formed when high amounts of calcium and magnesium enter the water supply. While hard water is not bad for your health, it can cause various issues in your home. Here are some of the ways that hard water can affect your home:

Reacts with Cleaning Products

The minerals in hard water react with soap, preventing suds. If you have hard water, you may find that you need to use more of your cleaning products than normal to do the same job. You will also have difficulty rinsing shampoo out of your hair, leaving your hair looking dull. This also causes soap scum to build up on your tub or shower and your sink.

Mineral Buildup

Over time the minerals in hard water start to build up in your appliances, shortening the life of your water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine. This buildup is called “scale.” The scale also builds up inside pipes, reducing water pressure to your home.  You will even start to see white spots on your glasses and dishes when you wash them in your dishwasher.

Getting Rid of Hard Water

Installing a water softener in your home prevents hard water from ruining your appliances. Contact our Fox Valley plumbing professionals today at (630) 584-1181 to learn more about how our water softeners can end your hard water problems.