Water is a good solvent and picks up impurities easily. As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves minerals and holds them in solution. So what health effects could possibly spring up when you come into contact with “hard water”? Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water “hard.” The degree of hardness becomes greater as the calcium and magnesium content increases. Although leading an active outdoor life in a beautiful environment can be very desirable, it is important for consumers to be aware of the challenges they face and ensure that the water they use promotes good health.

So, What is Hard Water?

Hard water is the source of many problems we encounter in our households. What we describe as “hard water” is typically water that has high concentrations of mineral salts, such as magnesium and calcium. showerheadHard water infests our homes.No matter how much you clean an area, stains always creep up on you and seem harder and harder to get rid of and can become a real problem, especially for new homeowners who aren’t aware of what causes hard water.

What about Soft Water?

Soft water is the water we are generally used to — having some of the same minerals as hard water, but lower concentrations. Rather than being added in by pollutants and contaminants, these minerals occur naturally. Soft water is ideally the water every home should possess.

Okay, so now I know the difference between hard and soft water, how could it affect my health?

There has been comparative studies regarding the health effects of hard water and whether or not it is a hazard to our health. The National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences) states that hard drinking water generally washinghands contributes a small amount toward total calcium and magnesium human dietary needs. Further studies state that in some instances, where dissolved calcium and magnesium are very high, water could be a major contributor of calcium and magnesium to the diet.

Skin irritation is also one of the most noticeable effects of hard water. Eczema in children has been linked to hard water. Many people who bathe with hard water notice dry skin and even hard or bumpy patches of skin caused by dryness and irritation from skin and hair products, which means that the cleansing products used while showering don’t dissolve well in the water because of the dense minerals in the water. Using a water softener can get rid of some of the minerals dissolved into the water and make it easier for shampoos and soaps to dissolve in the water and rinse cleanly from the skin.

ShowerAlright, so what’s the solution?

To determine if you have hard water, look for spots and scale buildup on fixtures. You can also test your water yourself to check for hardness with home water testing kits or you can have a water treatment professional do the testing. We have a limited time offer FREE in-home water test, Australia wide, here: http://www.ecosoftwater.com.au/contact/in-home-water-test/

 

 

 

Ecosoft Water can provide a range of solutions that are:

  •  Maintenance free
  •  Have no moving parts
  • Never need replacing
  • Chemical, salt and additive free
  • Cost effective

If you want information on how you can reduce your water hardness, feel free to give us a call or email us.