When you have hard water, you may notice some of the effects on your fixtures and perhaps on your skin. What you may not know is just how many other negative ways that hard water can affect both your health and your home. There are so many ways that hard water can negatively impact your life that most people seek out a water softener as soon as they discover that they have hard water in their homes.
The Health Impacts of Hard Water
Having hard water isn’t just an inconvenience- it’s a health hazard. According to the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, the regular exposure to the density of minerals in hard water has many ill effects on the health of those who drink it. High levels of calcium and magnesium can affect several organs in the body and cause health problems.
One of the most severe effects of hard water is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. According to several international studies, both heart disease and high blood pressure can be caused by drinking hard water. In adults, there is an increased risk of reproductive failure. In children, there is a correlation between hard water and growth retardation. There is also an increased risk of certain types of cancer for those who drink hard water. Gastric, colon, ovarian and esophageal cancer risks increase with hard water. Even diabetes and neural diseases have been linked to drinking hard water.
Skin Problems and Hard Water
One of the most noticeable effects of hard water is skin irritation. Eczema in children has been linked to hard water. Many people who bathe with hard water notice dry skin and even hard or bumpy patches of skin caused by dryness and irritation from skin and hair products. The many minerals that are present in hard water means that the cleansing products used while showering don’t dissolve well in the water. This can lead to them irritating the skin when they don’t rinse off the skin well. Using a water softener can get rid of some of the minerals dissolved into the water and make it easier for shampoos and soaps to dissolve in the water and rinse cleanly from the skin.
Hard Water Effects on the Home
The heavy presence of minerals in hard water often leads to pipes becoming clogged. With clogged pipes, your appliances will run less efficiently. This often leads to higher energy bills and even damaged appliances. The clogs can lead to leaks in the pipes and shorten the lifespan of your appliances. By some estimates, your appliances may work only half as long as they might have if a water softener had been used.
Hard water can also be unsightly in the home. It can leave stains in sinks, showers and bathtubs and leave a thick scale on water fixtures. Glass showers often become opaque and look dirty because of stains from hard water. With water softening, the stains and scaling can be prevented as well as the damage done to pipes, fixtures and appliances.
If you are having issues with hard water in your home contact Service Pros Plumbers today for an evaluation and a cost effective solution.