Typically in Florida, the water here is hard. It doesn’t usually mean that it’s bad for our health, but it does do a job on our pipes and plumbing systems overall. What makes us have hard water is an overabundance of calcium and magnesium, which are safe to ingest.
What happens with these minerals is that although they’re safe for you to drink, when the minerals build up on your appliances, the products you use to clean become less effective, which cause you to use more soap or other cleaning products. This can lead to damaged appliances such as:
- Showerheads, which can slow the water to just a trickle, this goes for faucets as well.
- Refrigerators with a water dispenser can get a build-up which won’t only slow it down, but can cause it to affect the taste of the water coming out of it and eventually it will need to be repaired.
- Water heaters can have the minerals settle at the bottom of the tank. Over time they won’t heat as effectively as they once did, and the build-up will slow the flow of water going in and out of the tank. When this happens, the heater has to work harder which makes it less efficient, in turn causing your electric bill to rise.
Ladies will also notice problems with their skin and hair. Hard water can cause blonde hair to turn brassy, and give them split ends due to the soapy film that is left behind. Hard water can also cause dandruff and dry skin due to the fact that it is more difficult to produce a nice lather, causing a person to need to scrub harder. It also leaves behind a residue which can irritate the skin of those people who already have sensitive skin.
If you’re noticing any of these problems above, you might have a problem with hard water. Luckily these problems can be avoided by having a water softener installed in your home. A water softener can help keep your appliances working longer and more efficiently, and help to reduce the damage to your family’s hair and skin. Thankfully, eliminating hard water is easy for professionals, give McDonough Plumbing a call today at (941) 624-4343, or contact us online and see how we can help!