Hard water is a common quality of water which contains dissolved compounds of calcium and magnesium, as well as other elements such as iron. Problems with hard water are typical in most homes but causes damage, discomfort, and extra expense.
Homeowners may not realise the true cost of having hard water, or recognise it as the cause of many everyday problems. In the home, knowing is half the battle. Hard water is often the cause of dry skin and hair after bathing, and preventing soap from lathering on your skin. The dissolved minerals are also primarily responsible for the build-up of scale in pipes and water heaters, causing numerous problems in the laundry, kitchen, and bath. Spots on glass and silverware, faded clothing, discolouration in the bathtub and sink, and shorter life of water-using appliances are signs that hard water is impacting your everyday life.
We want the water we use every day to quench our thirst, and make us feel clean and fresh. When our water is foul-smelling or bad-tasting, the satisfaction we get from our water is gone. Here are some common odour and taste problems your water may develop:
Discolouration of water or its cloudy, opaque appearance is most often caused by the level of dissolved solids in your water. This is called turbidity and can be caused by natural disturbances that can increase the amount of small particles in your water. These solids can affect how the water tastes, smells, and performs in your home, as well as how it looks. The turbidity of your water should be checked, even if it appears clear, to determine the best hard water treatment option.
The corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures can be caused by a variety of problems with your water, including problems with hard water. Corrosion of iron or steel is commonly called rusting. A number of factors will accelerate corrosion in your home due to your water quality.
*This list of causes comes from the Water Quality Association, to view their website and resources click here: www.wqa.org