Hard Water Treatment Options

Hard Water Problems You Need to Remedy

What is hard water treatment?

What can you do to remove hard water problems, and what are the benefits of softened water?

Hard water contains high levels of dissolved minerals, such as magnesium and calcium.

They aren't really serious risks, especially to your health, but they can affect the performance of your detergents and home fixtures.

The Formation of Hard Water

By nature, water doesn't have any color, taste, or even odor.

However, because water is free flowing, there's a tendency for it to pick up impurities, minerals, and contaminants along the way.

Water can dissolve minerals. If calcium and magnesium become dissolved into your water, then it becomes hard water.

Hard Water Problems

Though it will not cause any serious harm to your body when you drink it, if there's no hard water treatment, you may encounter the following problems:


Hard water can leave sticky soap scum on your skin. This film can trap bacteria and dirt, which clogs your pores and prevents natural oils from nurturing your skin.

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Eventually this will lead to rashes and irritation. Your hair will begin to appear dull and lifeless.

Dish Washing and Dishwashers

Hard water can have adverse affects on your dishes. Glasses will develop spots and film build-ups.

Additionally, the mineral levels in water will increase when exposed to heat. This means your dishes will wear out much quicker than if you used soft water.

Laundry Problems

Hard water treatments can actually prolong the life of your clothes, and feel better on your skin. When you wash your clothes in hard water, the fibers will start to loosen and wear out quicker.

According to studies, clothes wear out 40 percent faster when washed in hard water.

Damage to Appliances

Appliances that need water to function will develop limescale build-ups. Calcium and magnesium deposits will also build-up, causing pipes to clog or corrode.

Soft water keeps pipes free of build-ups and clogs, increasing water flow and extending the life of your appliances.

Hard Water Treatment With Water Softeners

You could use a water softener to treat your water. A water softener can be installed permanently right at your pipes so that magnesium and calcium are removed continuously.

This kind of water treatment utilizes ion exchange. At this point, water goes through the media med made up of beads that are sulfonated polystyrene. Which means heavily saturated with sodium.

As water passes through the water softener, calcium and magnesium attach themselves to the beads, leaving your water soft and clean.

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