Hard Water – Basic Information for You

We don’t just want to be well service providers, we want to be educators for our valued clientele and beyond. That’s why we talk a lot about water purification and water softening services. So, what’s the importance of controlling the levels of your water hardness? There are many different reasons for this; it can be beneficial for your health as well as the well-being of the plumbing and appliances in your property.

What makes water hard? Minerals. Typically, there’s trace amounts of chalk and lime, but hard water mostly contains calcium and magnesium. Water only becomes “soft” when the calcium and magnesium ions are replaced with sodium ions. This ionization process is exactly what takes place in the water purification systems we build for our clientele. So why remove the minerals and replace them with sodium at all? There are a few reasons.

When is Hard Water a Problem?

In the wrong situation, hard water can become a nuisance and even grow into a serious problem. Aside from calcium and magnesium, metals like iron and copper can also end up in water from piping and exposure to the Earth, in the case of well water. The mineral ions in hard water have a tendency to stick and get absorbed into surfaces and other particles with which they come into contact. The minerals sticking to soap and water will create soap scum that sticks to sinks and tubs, creating stains and eventually obstructing drains over an extended period of time. Some people even experience difficulties with their hair with extremely hard water, complaining it makes it feel sticky and look “faded” because of the mineral content.

These minerals also get stuck in the oils of people’s skin, and can be attributed with dry skin and irritation. In fact, there’s a medical condition referred to as “hard water dermatitis,” which is classified as dry, flaky or cracked skin caused by the absorption of these minerals present in water. Constant exposure to hard water negates any positive effects that could be yielded by lotions and special soaps. In many cases where hard water cannot be controlled, individuals have to buy shielding lotions and even take medications. The better solution is to have water softening systems set up wherever necessary.

Hard water can also be a pain when trying to clean dishes, especially clear glass ones. The trace amounts of minerals are extremely hard to control when trying to clean crystal, and it will leave stains and streaks, which is a pain for every clean freak on earth.

In addition, pipes that regularly use hot water that is evaporating slowly will suffer from mineral deposits building up. Eventually these minerals will clog pipes, obstruct circuitry and increase internal pressure of appliances, increasing their energy demands and eventually causing them to burn out altogether.

This is just a few of the ways that hard water can affect our everyday lives throughout New Jersey. We’re always aiming to find new ways to purify water while still retaining some of its natural, healthy qualities. To learn more about our water softening, water purification and water filtration services, please contact us immediately for a complimentary consultation throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, New Jersey. Call us today to start eliminating hard water from your life entirely.