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Depending on where you live, you may have hard water in your home and may not realize it.

Water hardness is a common concern among homeowners, mainly due to its impact on water quality. Hard water is characterized by elevated levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium, alongside various other natural elements and metals. These minerals are naturally present in the soil and can be “picked up” by water flowing through them.

Is hard water safe to drink?

Yes, water that is high in minerals is safe to drink, but it can lead to other significant issues in your home.

While hard water isn’t a health hazard, it can cause significant issues in your home. This includes excessive a crusty buildup in water pipes, boilers, hot-water heating systems, and other water-utilizing equipment. You may also notice your water isn’t as effective in cleaning laundry or dishes, demanding more soap to generate sufficient suds.

      • Scaling: The minerals in hard water can form deposits, known as scale, inside pipes, water heaters, and appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. This scale can reduce water flow, decrease the efficiency of appliances, and increase energy consumption, leading to higher utility bills.

      • Soap and Detergent Performance: Hard water can react with soaps and detergents to form soap scum, which reduces their effectiveness in cleaning. This means you may need to use more soap or detergent to get the same results in hard water, leading to increased costs.

      • Appliance Longevity: The buildup of scale in water-using appliances can reduce their lifespan and increase maintenance costs. Water heaters, in particular, are susceptible to scale buildup, which can lead to decreased efficiency and eventual failure.

      • Skin and Hair Effects: Hard water can be harsh on skin and hair, potentially causing dryness and irritation. It can also make it harder to rinse out soap and shampoo, leaving a residue on the skin and hair.

      • Laundry Concerns: Clothes washed in hard water may appear dull and feel stiff due to soap scum buildup. Hard water can also cause colors to fade faster.

    How do I know if I have hard water?

    Assessing water hardness can be accomplished through various methods. The most precise evaluation involves having your water sample analyzed by an independent certified laboratory. This provides the most accurate results, and they are also able to screen for water problems that could pose a health risk.

    How can I treat hard water?

    To address the issues associated with hard water, many people install water softeners to remove calcium and magnesium ions from the water. This process effectively “softens” the water and helps fix the problems caused by hard water. 

    There are a number of different solutions for this problem. U.S. Water is proud to offer top-of-the-line water softeners at affordable prices. Systems are sized to fit your water treatment needs, so you never pay for more than what you need.

    Our team of local Wisconsin water treatment experts is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We work hard to make sure that all your questions are answered and your home or business’ water problems are solved.

    Learn more about Water Softeners.

    Contact us to have a FREE in-home water test.