Taking care of your home means taking care of everything that composes it – including the plumbing. While a clogged drain or leaky pipe might quickly make itself apparent, there is one common plumbing concern that often falls off of homeowners’ radars: hard water.
Hard water contains minerals, like calcium. These minerals, if left to accumulate, build up over time and impact the functionality of plumbing systems. More than that, hard water can seriously harm your health and the health of your family. For these reasons, it is advisable that every homeowner get a water hardness and purity test every now and then.
In this article, we’ll detail three very compelling reasons to get your water checked for hardness and purity today.
One of the most tell-tale symptoms of hard water is a decreased functionality of your appliances, like your dishwasher or washing machine. The minerals found in hard water build up over time along your water lines and even inside the appliances themselves. This leads to frequent and often costly repairs. If left unaddressed, hard water build-up can shorten an appliance’s lifespan by as much as five years.
Not only that, your appliances won’t work as well as they did when they were new. Clothes or dishes may not be as clean as they should be. You might feel compelled to use more cleaning products, which can exacerbate the issue.
It’s hard to have soft, healthy and lustrous hair when your water is filled with contaminants. The calcium and other minerals found in hard water leave deposits on hair, which dries it out and makes it look limp and lifeless. However, this is nothing in comparison to what hard water can do to skin.
Skin can become painfully dry because of hard water. It may also appear flaky due to deposits left on the surface of the skin, as hard water can be quite difficult to rinse away. This is especially problematic for individuals with sensitive skin or certain skin conditions, like eczema.
Dishes and clothes cleaned in hard water don’t get as clean as they would if the water wasn’t filled with minerals. This compels many people to use more dish or laundry detergent to compensate, which only makes the problem worse by adding the problem of accumulated soap scum.