The Problem with Hard Water

Do you ever see white spots or cloudy residue on your glassware after it comes out of the dishwasher? What about on your car if you park too close to the sprinklers? These annoyances are from hard water. The things that separate hard water from normal water are minerals; calcium and magnesium to be exact. While all water should have small amounts of calcium and magnesium—it’s actually healthy—hard water has too much of these minerals, which can lead to a variety of issues. Though these excess minerals may seem like not a big deal, we’re here to address the problem with hard water.

What Causes Hard Water?

When rainwater is released from the clouds, it’s pure. Hard water is created when water needs to travel through surface areas and aquifers. During this process it absorbs a number of minerals, but mainly calcium and magnesium. The more minerals this water absorbs, the harder it will be. As we mentioned in the introduction, you want trace amounts of calcium and magnesium in your water supply. Magnesium can help regulate blood pressure and calcium can help with bone health; so, we want these in our water supply, we just don’t want too much of them.

Hard Water Hurts Your Plumbing System

While hard water helps your body, unfortunately it hurts your plumbing system. The problem with hard water is that it has excess minerals that react badly with soap. While this isn’t a huge problem, it leads to homeowners using more soap to wash dishes and an extra buildup of soap scum in your plumbing system. This excess soap scum can lead to unwanted buildup in your pipes. This buildup can reduce water flow, contribute to existing clogs, and add extra stress on pipes and major appliances.

Issues with Your Hot Water Heater

One of the appliances hurt the most by hard water is the water heater. As hard water flows through your hot water tank, calcium, magnesium, and other minerals coat the inside of the tank. This extra layer of minerals forces the water heater to work harder and use more energy to warm water. Also, the excess minerals can corrode the inside of the hot water tank, which will cause the whole appliance to fail.

What Are My Options for Dealing with Hard Water?

If you want to tackle your hard water problem head on, you have a few options. Oftentimes, homeowners opt for a water softener. Water softeners are a tank that need to be manually refilled with salt or chloride pellets. Water softeners are a little more involved than other solutions. Because of this, our favorite solution is a whole house filter.

Advantages of a Whole House Filter

When faced with the bothersome issue of hard water, we recommend the HALO 5 whole house filter. Why? Because the HALO 5 filters any water that enters your home while leaving trace amounts of calcium and magnesium for health and flavor. With a whole house filter, all the water to your home is filtered. This means your clothes will be cleaner, showers will leave you feeling fresher, and you’ll be using less soap to clean your dishes; also, no more water spots or residue on your dishes. Additionally, the HALO 5 requires no maintenance. You never need to worry about water softeners, salt, or any extra upkeep.

Call Moore Home Services

Do you want to know more about a whole house filter, or learn about your options for dealing with hard water? If any of your answers are yes, then it’s time to call Moore Home Services. We are a Diamond Certified HVAC company proudly serving Santa Rosa, Marin County, and surrounding areas. Our skilled technicians are ready to help with any hard water problems you may have. To schedule service, reach out to our friendly call center representatives or request an appointment online.