If you have a constant buildup of soap scum in your shower and milky, chalky deposits on your faucets and fixtures, you very likely have hard water. Left untreated, hard water can cause significant and costly damage to your home.
What Causes Hard Water
Quite simply, hard water is caused by a high concentration of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. Groundwater often percolates through limestone, where it picks up calcium and magnesium. These minerals can precipitate the formation of deposits or scale. These deposits stick to pipes, water-using appliances, tubs, showers, and other surfaces throughout the home. Once attached, these deposits are very difficult to remove.
Common Signs of Hard Water
There are several signs of hard water in the home, including:
- Deposits on shower heads, faucets and fixtures
- Soap scum build-up in sinks, tubs, and showers
- Spotty dishes and glassware
- Weak water pressure
- Soapy film on skin after bathing
- Reduced effectiveness of soaps and detergents
- Dingy laundry
Damaging Effects of Hard Water
In addition to these inconveniences, over time, hard water mineral buildup can cause significant and costly damage to your home’s water heater, plumbing, and water-using appliances. The challenge is, this damage occurs slowly over time. Frequently, the owner isn’t aware of the damaging effects of hard water until it’s too late. The only way to avoid this costly damage to your home is to have your water tested and treated by a certified water specialist.
Prevalence of Hard Water in New Hampshire
If you have a well water system, you very likely have hard water. But, municipal water systems can also be affected. In fact, according to a U.S. Geological Survey, 85% of homes in the United States have hard water.
Help in Treating Hard Water in New Hampshire
If you need help treating hard water in your home, contact the experts at Secondwind Water Systems. Our certified water treatment professionals will work with you to find the best hard water treatment solution for you and your family. Interested in learning more about your water? Contact us today for a free water test.