How Hard Is Hard Water?

Central Texas is beautiful, particularly this time of year with Ladybird’s wildflowers dotting the landscape with color. But the same rugged limestone terrain that gives us the sudden appearance of waterfalls during a rainstorm also gives area homeowners something else: hard water.


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The Cold Hard Facts


According the the Water Quality Association, for a water supply to be considered “hard water,” it must contain high levels of dissolved minerals, usually calcium, magnesium, or iron. While it is estimated that around 85% of the United State’s fresh water supply is considered “hard water,” a number of central Texas communities are considered by the association to have water that is rated “extremely hard”. In any case, hard water can have a number of persistent and expensive effects upon home owners and their property. Aside from causing dry skin and hair, hard water can damage almost anything it touches, including silverware and glassware, clothing, and home appliances.


Damages & Reductions


Calcium and magnesium, while good for healthy bones, are culprits when it comes to certain appliances in your home, cutting their effectiveness and eventually making them end up in a landfill before their time. In addition to making water hard, calcium and Magnesium are also responsible for what’s known as scale buildup or mineral deposits. Scale from hard water can clog plumbing, and it damages your water-consuming appliances, wearing them down over time. They become less and less effective until eventually they break down.


If hard water is being run through those appliances, their efficiency is going to decrease dramatically as months and years go by. That means you aren’t actually getting the energy savings you think you are.


Water Conditioning Installations


A qualified Austin plumber such as Rogers Plumbing can help you get the most efficiency and life out of your appliances by installing a water conditioning system in your home.  Treated water will not leave behind the scaly build up that harms appliances. In addition, this system will:


  1. Help retain and lengthen the original factory efficiency rating with softer water.
  2. Maintain the warranties for high efficiency models. (Many times appliance manuals will specify using soft water.)
  3. A water softener can also reduce your home’s carbon footprint. That’s because they not only help appliances run on less energy, the treated water allows you to use less soap and detergent as well.
  4. By using less detergent, you reduce a number of negative environmental effects, including water pollution.


Call us today and allow us to explain all the advantages of a water-conditioning system for your home.



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