If you live in an area that supplies hard water to your home or business, then you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal, anyway? If I choose not to use the water for some certain activities, what’s the problem?”. The truth is that there are more issues with hard water than just the ones that seem obvious. So, in this week’s post, we’re looking at the top three problems associated with having hard water in a water supply system:
Problem #1: Hard water leaves spots and streaking on glassware, glass panes and dishes.
If you use hard water to clean anything that has a smooth, reflective surface (mirrors, windows, doors, etc.), then you’ll notice that spots appear after the water has evaporated. This isn’t just the typical fluoride residue that you might find in softer tap water – rather, there can be a higher concentration of limescale in hard water that needs to be managed with a softener.
Problem #2: Using hard water in appliances results in limescale build up that can damage equipment.
If you use hot water heaters, espresso machines, coffee makers, dishwashers or anything else that cycles water, then you are opening that equipment up to premature damage from build-up of the residue that exists in hard water. Because appliances can be so costly, it makes sense to remedy hard water problems before repairs are needed.
Problem #3: Cleaning with hard water wastes the soap and other detergents used.
It’s one thing to try to clean minimally to save money, but it’s another thing entirely to move from hard water to soft to save money. When you clean using hard water, detergents aren’t dissolved as easily as they are in softer water, and this results in more money being spent to do the same amount of cleaning. By switching to softer water, you reduce cleaning costs.
Even beyond these three problems, there are even more problems with hard water that could negatively impact your day-to-day life. So the question arises, “Why live with hard water?” The answer is: you don’t have to! Contact the professionals at The LeverEdge to learn about water softening options to suit your unique situation and budget. We look forward to working with you!
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