Some homeowners do not experience hard water in their homes. The hardest-hit areas are in the Upper Midwest. Those who live in a hard water zone, have some of the most annoying plumbing problems of all.
Hard water is tap water with an abnormally high mineral count. The reason this is a regional issue is because geographical features like thick limestone layers come into play; when groundwater bubbles up through these layers, it picks up traces of the minerals on its way to the municipal water supply.
Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and even aluminum can give water attributes that make it unpleasant for drinking, unsuitable for washing and damaging to household plumbing. If you suspect you might have hard water, be on the lookout for these telltale signs:
Dishes that are spotty. Hard water makes it difficult to rinse away soap and detergent. So whether you hand-wash your dishes or use a dishwasher, your water hardness will play a role in your rinse cycle. Dishes rinsed in hard water often have chalky streaks and spots — the traces of soap left behind.
Soap scum. It will stick to your tub, tile and shower curtain. Soap scum can accumulate in shower areas with soft water, too, but hard water will cause it to accumulate much faster.
Laundry issues. Hard water even makes it hard to rinse laundry detergent out of your clothes, and it can prematurely dull bright colors. Clothes washed in hard water often feel scratchy or stiff.
Showers. You can’t even take a satisfying shower with hard water. The mineral deposits make it difficult to work up a lather, and equally difficult to rinse it away.
Drying skin. Because of the soapy film that hard water leaves behind in the shower, people tend to experience dry skin problems when they shower in homes with hard water problems.
Taste Funny. Some of the minerals found in hard water actually have health benefits, but there’s no benefit in the taste department. Hard water tastes and smells metallic, sulfuric or sour.
Appliances damage. Those minerals deposits will eventually build up on just about everything they touch, causing damage that can ruin an appliance. Equipment at risk of hard water damage are hot water heaters, refrigerator ice makers and water dispensers, dishwashers and washing machines.
Having hard water issues? If so, your household plumbing could be taking on damage every day. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to Call Andrew’s Plumbing and Repair in Las Vegas, Nevada. (702) 301-0707