The Effects of Hard Water in the Home

There are so many things to like about Florida, but hard water is not one of them. In Florida, hard water is a daily reality for residents. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), most of the ground water found in Florida contains between 121 and 180 milligrams per liter of hard minerals.

Why is this the case?

Orlando’s water flows over sand and rock as part of the natural filtration process, during this time the water can pick up excess calcium and magnesium, resulting in hard water.

Hard water is relentless, its negative effects in a home can cause small aesthetic issues and large costly issues alike and it doesn’t stop just there. Although there’s little research to support claims that hard water directly impacts your health, there is research that does show that it can produce some undesirable nuisances. No need to panic though, hard water can be softened, and Rainaldi offers just the right solution to make that happen.

Not sure if your home has hard water? Ask yourself these questions:

 

1. After you wash your hands is there a residue left behind?

Soap can react with the calcium in your water, forming scum. Calcium carbonate deposits from the heated water can make bathing an unpleasant experience.

 

2. When using your dishwasher do you notice a white film or white spots left behind on dishes, glassware and silverware?

Soap and hard water don’t mix well, especially when water is heated like in a dishwasher, hot water heater or washer.

 

3. Does your coffee maker keep clogging?

Hard water build up inside of the machine could be to blame.

 

4. When washing clothes, are your fine fabrics fading and light colored fabrics graying?

Hard water may be responsible.

 

5. Is your skin and hair feeling dull and dry?

Hard water can clog pores, create skin conditions, cause rashes and it doesn’t help your hair either.

 

If you answered yes to most the questions above, it’s safe to say that you probably have hard water in your home. Most of the issues listed above are probably considered minor issues in the eyes of many. Let’s get into the bigger issues that are really costing you money.

In water heaters, coils, backs of toilets and plumbing pipes hard water leaves calcium carbonate deposits. Those deposits can build up over time resulting in damage and corrosion that will most often lead to repairs or replacements of water heaters, coils, backs of toilets and plumbing pipes.

While hard water build up in pipes restricts the flow of water, in a boiler the calcium carbonate build up restricts the flow of heat into water and that will reduce heating efficiency and in some cases, can cause metal boiler and heater parts to overheat.

Hard water leaves quite a bit of destruction in its path, but it can be stopped.  To combat your hard water problems, it’s important to have a system in place that’s strong enough to cut through the minerals causing the issues. That’s why Rainaldi offers a whole house water softener and filtration system.

The whole house water softener and filtration system will provide you soft, great tasting, filtered water from every faucet in your house. First, water flows downward, through the catalytic activated carbon to remove chlorine, taste and odors, along with potentially harmful chemicals. Next, water hardness is removed by the softener resin so you can enjoy all the benefits of soft water.

 

By having Rainaldi install a whole house water softener and filtration system in your home you will:

  • Protect expensive appliances from hard water buildup and stains.
  • Lower energy costs and have fewer plumbing repairs.
  • Use less soap, shampoo, detergents and cleaning supplies.

 

Start saving money today! Call Rainaldi for more information on whole house water softener solutions.