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Hard Water

Do you notice spots on dishes, shower doors, or fixtures?

Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. It’s a natural result of minerals like calcium and magnesium accumulating during the water cycle, and it can happen with well water and even city water.  The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon (gpg). One grain is equivalent to 17.1 milligrams of calcium or magnesium dissolved in one liter of water.  The more calcium and magnesium dissolved in the water, the harder the water becomes. This is why certain cities and counties within the same state can have varying degrees of water hardness.

The effects of hard water are fairly easy to spot:

  • It is the scum that collects on shower doors.
  • It leaves ugly stains in sinks and fixtures.
  • It dulls your hair and clogs your pores.
  • It wears out clothing and makes laundry feel hard and scratchy.
  • It makes household cleaning more difficult by lessening the effectiveness of soaps and cleaning products.
  • It leads to higher energy bills because of scale build-up in your water heater and pipes.
  • Water using appliance become less efficient and need to work harder.
  • It can lead to low water pressure from your shower or faucets, and even cause burst pipes over time.

Hard water can be tough on your home, your skin and your wallet. A water softener counteracts those effects by creating better quality water that extends the life of your appliances while also helping you and your home look and feel better.

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Does your water have a metallic taste or do you notice bluish-green stains inside your toilet tank or on your fixtures?

If your water has a low pH (less than 7) it is may be considered acidic.  Common causes for acidic water are acid rainfall due to atmospheric carbon dioxide and other airborne pollutants, runoff from mining spoils, and decomposition of plant materials.

Acidity in water can have an adverse effect on the taste and quality of your water, as well as household pipes and fixtures.  Acidic water can cause fixtures to have blue staining (from copper pipes) or rust staining (from iron pipes).  The main problem is the damage it can do to copper or iron plumbing.  The water slowly eats away at the plumbing and water heater tank, eventually leaving holes.

If you suspect that you may have a low pH issue, or would like to have your water tested for acidity or contaminants, contact an EcoWater Pro.  Our water treatment specialists understand the problem water challenges and commonly occurring contaminants affecting their region.


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