If you have lived in the southwest for any significant amount of time, you have probably heard the phrase, “hard water” tossed around quite a bit. Hard water is a natural phenomenon that occurs when ground water percolates through mineral-rich underground areas. Trace amounts of these minerals are captured in the water as it passes through. Depending on the specific minerals and the level of saturation, this can become quite a problem indeed. So, other than the fact that it doesn’t sound very good, what are the issues with hard water?
The primary issue with hard, mineral-laden water is that the minerals which have been dissolved into our essential H2O won’t stay with the water forever. Instead, hard water leaves those minerals behind, often in problematic places. You have probably noticed this when unloading your dishwasher. Have you ever noticed a strange, white or off-white left behind on your glasses or plates? Those are mineral deposits.
Initially, you may think, “Well, if hard water is only causing aesthetic issues with my plates and glasses, maybe it is not such a big deal after all. I can just give them an extra scrub before I put them away!”
Your thinking in terms of dishes would be head on, but there are larger issues lurking just out of site which we have yet to confront.
That very same water which is streaking your dishes passes through every appliance in your home in addition to the pipes of your home plumbing system. Mineral deposits in your pipes can lead to clogs, breaks, and other major issues. Miner deposits in your water heater will impact insulation, decreasing efficiency, and lowering the lifespan of the unit. Hard water in your washing machine will damage your clothing. As you can see, hard water can create a number of major issues, but what can we do about it? Check back with the Parker & Sons blog later this week as we discuss hard water solutions.