The Real Costs of Having Hard Water

A lot of people don’t give a second thought to the quality of the water coming into their homes until they find themselves having to replace appliances and bathroom fixtures on a regular basis ‘for no apparent reason.’ Only then do they realize that they need to invest in a good quality water softening system.


Shortened Lifespan of Appliances
Hard water is not only unpleasant to bath, shower or do laundry in; it is also known for causing premature aging and damage to appliances that rely on water running through them to function. This includes dishwashers, clothes washers, tea kettles, coffee makers and even drinking water filter systems. Excess iron, magnesium and calcium deposits end up accumulating in the pipes and other workings of these items and cause them to either malfunction or even stop working completely, and in many cases, this type of damage will not be covered under any standard manufacturers’ warranty.

Scummy Bathroom Fixtures and Dry Skin
Bathroom fixtures such as tubs, sinks and shower stalls will end up looking unsightly as a result of the above mentioned mineral deposits that settle on them and stain them irreparably over time. This is especially apparent on fixtures that are white or other lighter colors, as these deposits are normally dark brown in appearance. In many cases, scrubbing them may work for a short while; however, excess cleaning will result in the surfaces becoming damaged and porous, which causes the mineral deposits to stain them to the point where no amount of scrubbing with even the harshest of cleaners will get rid of the stains.

If you live in a rural area that gets its water supply from a well or borehole or your municipal water supply is unusually hard for some reason, it is strongly recommended that you invest in a water softening system such as those manufactured by Culligan or Kinetico. This may seem like an expensive purchase initially, but it will still cost you a lot less than it would to replace expensive appliances and bathroom fixtures over time.

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