The housework headaches caused by hard water in your home
Housework is not something many of us relish but if you live in an area with particularly hard water, you may have noticed that housework can be a bit of an extra headache sometimes.
Hard water refers to water containing high levels of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. While these minerals are not harmful to your health, they can wreak havoc on your home, especially when it comes to cleaning.
Streaky and Spotty Dishes
Have you ever noticed that your dishes come out of the dishwasher looking streaky and spotty? This is a common problem with hard water. The minerals in the water can leave a residue on your dishes, which might be difficult to remove. You may need to use more detergent or add rinse-aid to your dishwasher to help prevent this headache.
Soap Scum Buildup
You may notice that soap doesn’t lather as well as it should if your water is harder than normal. This is because the minerals in the water react with the soap, creating a build-up of soap scum on your skin and in your shower or bathtub. This scum can be difficult to remove and can make your bathroom look dirtier and dingier than it actually is. You know, that thin layer of scum on your shower door? That’s what we’re talking about.
Stiff and Scratchy Laundry
Hard water can also cause problems with your laundry. The minerals in the water can react with the detergent, making it less effective at removing dirt and stains. This can lead to stiff and scratchy laundry that is uncomfortable to wear. It can also lead to problems with your washing machine.
Clogged Pipes and Appliances
Over time, the minerals in hard water can build up in your pipes and appliances, causing clogs and reducing efficiency in everything from your kettle to your dishwasher. This can lead to costly repairs and replacements. You may need to have your pipes and appliances professionally cleaned to prevent this problem.
Increased Cleaning Time and Costs
Overall, hard water can make cleaning your home a more time-consuming and costly task. You may need to use more cleaning products, spend more time scrubbing, and replace appliances and pipes more frequently. This can add up over time and become a significant burden.
How do you prevent these headaches from building into an intolerable migraine? The most obvious way is to install a water softener in your system. This uses resin beads to attract the minerals and remove them from your water before it reaches your pipes.
Contact us today if you want to learn more about how water softeners work and how easy it is to install one in your home.