What is Hard Water, and Why Should You Be Concerned?

running faucet in kitchen sinkHard water is a big problem for facilities that rely on well water, but it can even affect city water – but what exactly is it? Hard water is naturally formed when magnesium, calcium, and other minerals accumulate during the water cycle. The hardness of the water depends on the quantities of minerals present – more minerals equals harder water.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Hard Water?

First and foremost, you should know that hard water is safe for drinking and washing – so there’s no need to panic. However, hard water is an issue that can become costly over time. Hard water can cause:

  • Stains on sinks and tubs
  • Higher utility bills
  • Ruined clothing and linens

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

Hard water is easily detectable if you know what to look for:

  • Low water pressure
  • Soap does not later or rinse away completely, causing skin to dry out and hair to look flat
  • Stains on your porcelain tub and sinks, scale buildup on faucets
  • Clothes come out of the washer with a rough texture and dulled colors
  • White, chalky residue in your dishwasher/on dishes

What Can I Do About Hard Water?

Call Chicagoland Water Conditioning today at 847.965.1000 for water softener installation in Long Grove, IL, and the surrounding areas. Our water softeners can solve your hard water issues.