What is hard water?
You’ve heard the term, HARD WATER. What is it really and why should you care? Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. In most cases, it contains calcium and magnesium, often with traces of other minerals.
The more calcium and magnesium is present in the water, the harder the water. This occurs as a natural result of minerals like these accumulating during the water cycle. Because this is a natural occurrence, water hardness is typically present in well water, and even city water. The presence of hard water can often vary, as a result, from area to area within the same state.
How concerned should you be about hard water? Technically, hard water is safe to drink, clean, and wash with, but over time it can lead to costly problems like:
Ugly stains in sinks and tubs
Higher water bills because water appliances work harder
The cost of replacing clothes and linens ruined by hard water
Signs of hard water?
White, chalky residue or spots on dishes and in your dishwasher
Clothes and linens that feel rough and look dull
Scale buildup on faucets and ugly stains on white porcelain
Dry skin and flat hair – because soap just doesn’t lather or rinse completely away
Low water pressure from showers and faucets due to clogged pipes
High soap usage & need for fabric softeners
Degree of Hardness Grains per Gallon (gpg) ppm (or mg/L)
Soft <1.0 <17.0
Slightly Hard 1.0-3.5 17.1-60
Moderately Hard 3.5-7.0 60-120
Hard 7.0-10.5 120-180
Very Hard >10.5 >180
Click here for national data on hard water occurrence from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Living Water systems can help treat hard water.
Living Water’s whole home water systems are custom designed to address and treat the effects of hard water. Schedule your free in-home or business water test today to get expert consultation to address your water needs.