Over half of the households in the United States have water that has elevated mineral content. Water containing high levels of mineral deposits, also known as hard water, can have detrimental effects on your health, especially your skin’s health. But besides causing damage to your skin and its appearance, hard water can also damage pipes and plumbing fixtures over time. Hard water is safe to drink; however, there are some indications that drinking hard water can have some damaging effects on your health besides skin health, so using a home filtration and softening system can benefit your health in many ways. If you’re unsure if the water in your home contains high deposits of minerals, there are some signs to look for that can be indications of hard water.
Signs of Hard Water
Hard water is water that contains large amounts of magnesium and calcium. Here are a few symptoms of hard water that you may see around your home.
*Mineral stains on clothing coming out of the washing machine.
*Clothing wearing out faster.
*Film residue left on your hands and skin after washing or bathing.
*Hard or scaly deposits on faucets and showerheads.
How Hard Water Affects Your Skin’s Health
In certain areas, your water may contain other minerals and metals such as aluminum and lead, as well as magnesium and calcium. Calcium can lower the ability of detergents, shampoos, soap, and cleansers to breakdown, leaving behind the residue or trace amounts of these items on your skin and hair. The remaining residue can damage hair and scalp and irritate the skin. If you’ve been experiencing itching skin, dull and limp hair, or skin irritations or rashes, then these can be symptoms of hard water.
Hard Water and Your Skin’s Appearance
Hard water can affect the way your skin looks, especially in sensitive areas like the face, neck, shoulders, and chest. If you have a skin condition such as eczema, dry skin, or skin sensitivity to soaps or detergent, then hard water can cause these conditions to worsen or occur more frequently. The residue left behind by soap and trace minerals, detergent, and other chemicals left behind prevents moisture from entering the skin and alters its pH balance. These factors can cause skin dryness and flaking, resulting in poor and unhealthy looking skin.
Hard water can also accelerate the signs of aging and cause your skin to look older than it should. As you grow older, skin cells become less resilient. Recent evidence shows that the calcium and magnesium in hard water can damage healthy skin cells and limit their ability to produce the elastin and collagen necessary for firm, healthy-looking skin. Hard water can contribute to the early signs of aging by promoting wrinkles and fines lines in the face and neck.
Benefits of Water Softeners and Filtration Systems
Water softening and filtration systems offer many benefits. Not only does your water taste better, but you can also have better looking and healthier skin. Keep in mind that it’s crucial to have the right system that suits your needs. Many homeowners fail to understand that a softening and filtration system must be the right size to meet their needs and to be fully effective. Many homeowners make the mistake of purchasing undersized units that are unable to meet the home’s water softening and filtration needs.
A home water filtration system, along with a softener, can save you a lot of money in the long run. By preventing the build-up of mineral deposits in pipes and plumbing fixtures, you can prevent damage from occurring and save money by avoiding future repairs and replacements. You can also save money by having to buy fewer soaps, shampoos, and cleansers since hard water requires more of the product to work up a lather.
If you suspect or know that you have a hard water problem in your home, call us a let us evaluate your home and find the perfect home softener and filtration system that will fit your needs. Our systems are the best on the market and are certified as Whole House Drinking Systems by the WQA. You don’t have to be concerned about installing a second system for drinking water or water used for cooking with our water filtration systems. Give Aqua Solutions a call today – 732-928-7798 to learn more about our products, installation, and services.