Four Hidden Costs of Hard Water

You naturally want to avoid unnecessary expenses, which is why you may be putting off the installation of a water softener. Unfortunately, this may be a false economy. Failing to soften hard water can actually end up costing you more in the long run, as the following will show.

Problem #1: Ruined fixtures

Lime and calcium aren't usually the only minerals in hard water. Iron is also often present. This can lead to ugly orange and brown stains in sinks, tubs, and toilets, which can necessitate a premature replacement of the fixtures if you don't like the look of the stains. Even if you try to stay on top of the stains with constant scrubbing, you are likely to dull the finish on the fixtures and still end up with an unattractive appearance.

Problem #2: Plumbing woes

Those minerals that leave behind scale and residue on your faucets and shower surround are also wreaking havoc on your plumbing pipes. The scale builds up inside the pipes, where it restricts water flow and makes the chances of a leak even greater. Often, these leaks happen within walls, which means you don't just have pipes to replace, but also wallboard and insulation. The hoses and pipes that run through certain fixtures, like ice makers and dishwashers, are also in danger of damage. This could mean expensive repairs or even replacement.

Problem #3: Dirty laundry

It's not just your plumbing fixtures that are in danger, even your wardrobe could suffer from hard water. Hard water can't rinse detergents and stains from clothing as easily, which means it takes more water and energy to clean clothing in hard water conditions. Hard water can also leave stains. Lime and calcium stains often look yellowish on lighter colored clothing, while iron leaves rusty stains and copper can leave behind greenish stains. These stains can be nearly impossible to get out of your clothing.

Problem #4: Beauty problems

Hard water leaves a residue on everything it touches, and your body is not immune. It can leave hair feeling limp since it coats the strands in minerals. This means you have to use more product to get the desired fullness. Hair dye may not last as long in hard water, which leads to more beauty appointments and more money spent. Hard water is also drying on the skin. This can be irritating and lead to rashes, which you then must treat with lotions or creams.

Once you see all the hidden costs of hard water, it makes sense to invest in a softener. Contact a water softener installation service in your area.