What is Hard Water and Should You Be Worried About It?

hard water spots on faucet

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is the presence of minerals in the water from your faucet. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, and some others. Estimates say that 85% of Americans experience problems with hard water. The concentration differs by region, with Arizona having one of the highest concentrations at over 1,000 mg/L, according to the USGS.

Since there are such high levels of these minerals in Arizona’s water supply, the problems associated with hard water are even more present in our state.

How Do I Know If My Water Is Hard?

Hard water can have a whitish tinge in color. It can leave a chalky residue on dishes after you wash them. Additionally, because there are small mineral particles present in the water, your clothing can become rougher to the touch and lose color.

You may notice white, scaly buildup on your faucets. All of these are common signs of water hardness in your water.

Should You Be Worried About It?

Yes, and no. The hardness of your water won’t affect your ability to drink it. It is perfectly safe to drink hard water. Some studies have claimed it to be a good source of vital minerals for bone growth. Unfortunately, that is the only beneficial property of hard water.

The negatives include getting spots on your dishes and ugly white chalk buildup on your faucets. Additionally, if you are having problems with dry skin or hair, it could be because you are showering with hard water. Perhaps the most significant long-term issue with hard water is that just like the buildup on your faucets, there can be buildup on the inside of your pipes as well, which can lead to low water pressure or even a total clog.

What Can You Do?

It’s frustrating to hear about a problem and not know of a solution. Luckily, Before & After has got you covered! We offer water softener installation, which will dissolve the minerals in your water and leave it perfect for your shower, dishwasher, and laundry machines.

Our Surprise, AZ plumbers can assist you with any project, from installations to repairs. Just give Before & After a call at (623) 335-0000 or fill out an online contact form for a free quote!

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