How Hard Water Can Ruin Your Life

If you live in a hard water area, you’re probably used to cleaning the dried limescale patterns in the shower. When you think about it, hard water is precisely what our Roman ancestors cherished. Countless of Roman baths were built in areas with a high concentration of minerals. The thought was that bathing in mineral water and drinking it could improve your health. While there is no denying that the Romans were right about mineral water, they probably didn’t need to scrub hard calcium and magnesium – the main limescale components – of the sink every week. Hard water is not as beneficial as Julius Caesar and his peers thought it could be. In fact, in a modern household, hard water is the last thing you need. Here’s how it can ruin your home and life:

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It destroys your appliances

The problem with limescale is that it doesn’t only accumulate outside of your tap. It lives inside your pipes and can clog your appliances. Dishwashers, washing machines, and fridges are the first to struggle with limescale buildups. More often than not, you might need professional appliance repair to save your everyday tools. Experts often recommend installing a hard water filter to reduce the risk of breakage and damage to your appliances. Additionally, you are more likely to need new appliances more often in hard water areas than you would if you had soft water.

It damages your hair and scalp

The presence of minerals in the water can affect your scalp and lead to dry patches and itchiness. Dandruff issues are more common in hard water areas, as you might struggle to wash out the excess minerals. Additionally, it can also make your hair brittle and dry., affecting its natural health and growth. If you can’t switch to water filters, you should focus on shampoo and hair care products that help to restore your damaged hair. Argan oil products can help to bring the lost moisture back and strengthen your hair against continual damage from hard minerals.

It dries out your skin

Hard water affects the way the water binds with soap. It creates an unpleasant white residue, which you may notice in your bathroom. But, what you may not see is that the same soapy buildup stays on your skin and clogs your pores. Indeed, hard water can increase the risk of breakouts. Additionally, the minerals strip your skin of its natural moisture, making it feel itchy and dry. Unfortunately, your clogged pores make it harder to hydrate on the surface.

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It affects your clothes

Ultiùately, hard water is a common issue in North America. It affects around 85% of households. The minerals present in the water can dull out the colour of your clothes and leave a white or yellow residue on the material. Thin fabric can also break under the mineral pressure, creating holes in your favourite outfits! If you use a softening agent in your laundry, you may not immediately notice the most common effect of hard water: rough fabrics. However, you should see tears and streaks appear on the material.

Hard water might have been celebrated during the Roman Empire, but it’s not the kind of thing you want in your home. More importantly, homeowners have a variety of strategies they can deploy to soften their water. As a tenant, you can also use temporary and changeable filters onto your taps to reduce risks.

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