Hard Water Problems
Hard water is bad news for your home and your health. It can cause everything from plumbing problems to skin irritations, and it needs to be taken care of quick!
You may be wondering if a hard water filter is the solution...
Not necessarily! Keep reading to learn more.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is caused by an excess of minerals in the water source. These minerals are generally magnesium and calcium.
This is a widespread problem throughout Australia, and if you happen to be on hard water and notice any of the problems below, you’ll want to know exactly what to do.
It’s not a pretty sight when there are hard water issues, and nobody wants them. Think of blocked drains, expensive appliances breaking down on you and even your health declining slowly.
In this article, you’ll learn that a hard water filter isn’t always the right answer.
See below the common Hard Water Problems.
Scritchy, Scratchy Laundry
If your water is hard, you’ll find a build-up of soap scum inside your washing machine fairly quickly, and your clothes will catch some of the soap scum and harden on your clothes making them feel all ‘scritchy and scratchy.’
You won’t like the feel of your towels running over your skin either. In your laundry machine, hard water will cause detergent to form soap scum. These will stick to your clothes and linens, making them feel scratchy and look dingy. Towels and linens will be particularly affected.
When water is hard and doesn’t rinse properly, soap scum will build up on your showers, baths or tapware, and your glass windows and doors will be prone to streaks and spots.
The streaks and spots can continue into the dishwasher, and you’ll find them on your plates, glasses and cutlery.
Plates and glasses won’t get fully clean in your dishwasher, and you may notice that there are marks that are hard to get off because they’ve been etched in due to the hard roughness of the water.
The same issues present themselves in the shower by leaving a thin film of scum on your skin and hair, which also causes flat or hair that just feels unclean.
Say Goodbye to Your Appliances
If one of your appliances uses water, you can be sure hard water will mess with it. Hard water will be the demise of your dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, espresso machine, kettles and anything else it comes in contact with.
I’m sure we can all find better ways to spend our hard-earned money.
How To Filter Out Hard Water
The truth is, water filters just don't do it. Even the best hard water filter will give you challenges.
The mineral is so fine that the water just travels straight through.
Even if you put a few water filters in a row and push the water through, the mineral will just go straight through with the water. The mineral is just too fine.
Here are a few options to turn hard water into soft water and get the mineral out.
Option 1: Use a Large Reverse Osmosis System
Reverse Osmosis systems do in fact remove all minerals from the water, as it splits the water into two parts. One part goes to the drain, and the other goes into your water glass.
Reverse Osmosis isn’t the best way to treat hard water, though, because of the amount of water wasted and can sometimes be more expensive than it needs to be.
Option 2: Use a Hard Water Conditioner
Hard water conditioners can help you to reduce or eliminate mineral buildup in your plumbing, which can dramatically improve the life of your pipework.
You’ll pay anywhere between $2000-5k for a hard water conditioner depending on what type and size is needed for your specific situation.
These units do wonders, so they're worth every penny!
Hard Water Conditioners
Most people go for what we call a cold water conditioner - like the Limetron Hard Water Conditioner.
This is one of our favourite products that we import to Australia because they work so well and have been sold in 50 countries for over 50 years.
It’s time tested, extremely affordable, and they work a treat.
Get Help from the Experts
Water conditioners are the solution, and using water filters for drinking and showering can improve the quality of your water even further, but every situation can be challenging.
If you’ve got any questions or need any specific help, please contact us.
We’d be delighted to help.