What is Hard Water?
Hard water typically contains a high level of mineral content.
In fact, the amount of calcium and magnesium salts within hard water is substantially higher than normal rainwater.
You could have hard water at home without even knowing it.
The good news here is that identifying hard water isn’t too difficult, and the solution is simple – a water softener.
Do you find spots left on your drinking glasses (after they dry)? Are there spots on your shower screens? Have you ever noticed odd-looking spots on your plants (once water has evaporated off them)? You could have hard water.
Hard water also affects the amount of lather that soap can produce.
Have you ever needed to use a large amount of soap to generate a foamier lather? The higher the concentration of hard water, the more soap you need to create a lather.
Hard Water & Items in Your Household
One of the main ways that hard water affects household items is Calcium deposits.
Calcium deposits on surfaces occur when spots are left behind as a result of hard water.
The spots that evaporated hard water can leave behind can be reduced by using liquid soaps and drying wet surfaces immediately after use.
Ecosoft also recommends the use of cleaning products that remove calcium, lime residue, and scale from benchtops, appliances, toilets, sinks, tiles, bathtubs, and glass.
To clean domestic appliances, we recommend the use of bicarbonate soda and vinegar-based cleaning products.
Certain appliances such as dishwashers will come with suggestions on managing the effects of hard water.
Before installing a new dishwasher, you should investigate if the area (you plan to install the dishwasher in) has any evidence of hard water. There are dishwashers that are better suited to hard water areas and should be used if hard water is evident.
Hard water could also cause scale build-up in your hot water system.
To prevent this, consider releasing the pressure valves for a few seconds each month. If you’re not sure how to safely do this, consult a hot water system professional.
Despite it being a smaller household item, kettles can also be affected by hard water.
There’s a quick and simple way to reduce build up inside your kettle.
Simply insert a lemon into your kettle, fill with water and boil. This should break down any stubborn scale. Refill before next use.
How Can I Avoid Hard Water?
The best way to completely avoid hard water is by installing a residential water conditioner or hard water softener.