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The Negative Effects of Using Hard Water

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There are places where the water supply contains high levels of magnesium and calcium content. This kind of water with high mineral content is known as hard water. Although its present minerals make it suitable for drinking, there are some negative implications brought by hard water usage. In order to deter such disadvantages, one may have to invest for water softeners in their homes.

Read on to know more about the negative effects hard water brings.

1. Clogging

The high levels of sediments and minerals present in the water may harm the linings of your water pipes due to lime scale formation. The hard water that is transported in your pipes will soon create a hard crust of sediment that will continually diminish the diameter of your pipes and reduce flow efficiency. Partial or complete clogging may occur in the long run which will impede the proper operations and compromise the safety of your water pipe lines

2. Laundry

Homeowners that use hard water may find doing the laundry a weary task. Lathering may be difficult to do for the high mineral content may inhibit it. The amount of soap consumed and wasted may also increase. Additionally, an unsightly precipitate may form in your clothes due to the chemical reaction of the soap and minerals. The dreary and dull appearance of your clothes makes the wasteful soap consumption while washing useless.

3. Residue

Your plumbing fixtures such as your showerheads, tubs, and toilets may have noticeable residues that clump in them. Stains may also develop on your sinks. This thin layer of course, powder-like material can also affect your kettles, dishes and clothes.

4. Cooking

Hard water has salt properties so there is an elevation in its boiling point. This leads to a time-consuming heating process and uneconomical consumption of energy fuels. You may also spend a long time softening foods such as peas and beans. Moreover, the heated water and other hot water products may have an unpleasant taste and cloudy appearance.

5. DamagedWater-using Appliances

A water heater is one domestic appliance that tends to get damaged due to hard water usage. Sediment build-up is expected to form and settle down in the pipes of your appliance. Because of this, the heat that is supposedly used for heating water is insulated, and the device is forced to generate more heat in order to conduct its operations. If this cycle is not put to a stop, your heaters may get overheated, or worse, explode.

6. Costly Electric UtilityBills

For electric heaters, the salt content and sediment build-up will lift the water’s boiling point. Hence, there is more electricity consumed to conduct the heating process and your electric utility bills will be driven higher.

7. Bathing

There is a disadvantageous edge if one uses hard water in bathing since your hair may get course and brittle. Your hair is made up of infinitesimal scales that may get damaged not only due to the high mineral content of hard water, but as well as the accumulation of shampoo and soap scum. There may also be a longer time spent rinsing your hair in order to wash away the soap residues. With the rough and frangible state of your hair, combing and fixing it may take a long time and there might be an increase of hair fall due to breakage.