How Hard Water Could be Making your Life Harder


In this busy modern world, most consumers are constantly looking to make their lives simpler and easier, from home appliances such as dishwashers, to buying creams and lotions to make skin feel nicer. What you may be unaware, however, is that hard water could actually be making your life harder and costing you money each and every month.How Hard Water Could be Making your Life Harder

The Effects of Hard Water in the Home:

The USGS have estimated that 85% of homes in the United States have hard water. Hard water is very aptly named as it can make a number of tasks around the home harder. Household chores such as cleaning can take much longer using hard water. Glassware often appears spotty or cloudy when it comes out of the dishwasher, clothing doesn’t appear completely clean fresh from the washing machine. You may even find that having a shower or bath is harder as soaps and hair products do not lather up properly.

Additionally, you may find that your energy bills are getting higher and higher for no apparent reason. The underlying cause for this increased energy consumption is your hard water. Hard water can allow scale to accumulate inside appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and water heaters. This scale means that the appliances use more energy and have a decreased lifespan.

The Effects of Hard Water on the Body:

According to the The World Health Organization hard water has no adverse health effects, however, this does not mean that hard water has no effect on your body. Since hard water affects how soaps and detergents lather up, you may find that you are using more soap. This can dry your skin and also leave a residue on its surface, making it feel dry and itchy. You may also find that your hair feels lifeless and dull. This is typically due to a heavy residue being left on the hair. This means that you could be wasting money on expensive hair care and beauty products to improve the appearance of your skin and hair, when you simply need to consider better water.

Simplify Life With a Water Softener:

If hard water is making your life hard, it is possible to simplify your life by simply using a water softener. A water quality test can determine the level of your water hardness. You can then choose a water softener solution for your home. There are a number of systems including whole house systems, which can remove the dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water creating soft water.  This can immediately improve the performance of soaps, detergents and other cleaning products. You should notice that glassware, clothing and dishes look and feel cleaner. You may also notice that the appearance of your skin and hair improves. While purchasing a water softener may seem like a significant investment, you may need to consider how much you are spending on soaps, detergent and extra energy on utility bills due to your water hardness. Instead of making your life harder, you can soften your water and make your life softer…

About The Author:

Greg Scott is President of Valparaiso based Miracle/EcoWater Systems, the premier water conditioning company in Northwest Indiana serving the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County areas.  A 3rd generation water treatment professional, Greg grew up in the family owned business  started by his grandfather in the late fifties.  He has made water treatment his life and under his direction and high-standards, the company’s water treatment experience, knowledge, and products are unrivaled in region.

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