“Hard water,” a problem that effects around 85% of the United States, is caused when ground water moves through soil and rock, picking up chemicals such as calcium, magnesium, limestone and chalk. Some hard water can be remedied by boiling, however, permanent hard water can only be remedied by a filtration system.
While hard water is not toxic, it creates many nuisances around the home such as increased heating costs, film on dishes, clogged pipes from material buildup, reduced efficiency of soaps and detergents, dingy or yellowed clothing, and build up of soap scum on bathtubs and showers. Additionally, hard water can cause dull or limp hair and dry skin. Even skin infections are possible if bacteria becomes trapped underneath soap scum lodged in pores.
The most common solution to rid your home of hard water, is to install a water filtration system or “water softener.” The most common systems work by removing the chemicals that cause hard water and replacing them with minerals that cause water softness, like sodium or potassium. Filtration systems make economic sense for most consumers as they solve the problems mentioned above, leading fewer issues with plumbing, longer appliance life, and a reduction of film or soap scum on clothing and hair.