Hard water is not necessarily bad for one’s health but for your appliances it is very bad. Hard water is characterized by a high mineral content. Water is an excellent solvent and it easily dissolves the minerals it comes in contact with. When water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves very small amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and a variety of other metals which it keeps in its composition. The more minerals are dissolved in the water, the harder the water will be. The harder the water is, the thicker the layer of mineral deposits on your appliances will be.
Water acts as a transporter for the calcium and magnesium minerals and lets them deposit along its way. Some of the inner parts of your appliances through which the water passes are stuffed with mineral deposits. Hard water also reduces soap efficiency. Have you noticed that after you wash your dishes and glasses, there are some white stains that still remain on them although they are clean? This is the proof that you live in an area with hard water. In time, hard water could damage the appliances that use water such as the dishwasher, the washing machine or the water heaters. Batelle Memoria Institute – the world’s largest non-profit research and development organization conducted a study on the effects that hard water has on the shower heads and plumbing fixtures. The study revealed that the shower heads lose 75% of their flow rate in one year and a half as a result of continuous exposure to hard water. Hard water is present in almost 85% of the homes in Canada and USA, so if you live in America or Canada, there is a big chance for your appliances to use hard tap water.
The best method that allows you to protect your appliances from the hard water effects is to install a water softening system. This is a type of whole house water filter that softens water by removing the minerals which make water hard and cause scale. The minerals build up in pipes lead to low water pressure and inefficient appliances functionality. Although you may think that a water softening system may be expensive, it can actually help you save money on a long term. It can also extend the life of your appliances, especially the ones that use water. Beside the fact that your dishes will not have white water stains on them anymore, using a water softening system will increase the efficiency of your dishwasher. You may notice that after installing such a device, you may need to use less detergent for the same cleaning results and your dishes will not be so stained anymore.