Faucet with Hardwater Deposits

What is Hard Water and Why is it an Issue in Pennsylvania?

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water with high mineral levels. Don’t worry; your water isn’t contaminated or anything like that. These minerals are just as commonly found in your typical multivitamin like calcium, magnesium, and a few other minerals. Nearly the entire country has water that is considered “hard water.” However, there’s no need to fear. Hard water has no adverse effects on your health, but there are some downsides to it.

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

The simplest way to tell is by observing the color of the water. Hard water typically has a whitish tinge to it. You may also notice chalk-like residue on dishes after washing them. You may see buildup on faucets or clothing losing color after multiple washes. These are some of the downsides of using hard water with high mineral levels.

Should You Be Worried About It?

Yes and no. As we mentioned, your health is not endangered by drinking hard water. However, there are negatives for some of the other uses for water that you have. You may have issues with dry skin or hair if you are bathing with hard water. Additionally, hard water can contribute to buildup in your drains and faucets causing long-term problems.

What Should You Do About It?

To avoid the long-term effects of hard water on your clothes, skin, and drains you should consider installing a water softener system. These filter out particulates from your water and is the best way to prevent the ill effects of hard water on your system.

You’ll get a variety of benefits from your water softener system from fresher clothing to softer hair and skin. In addition, you’ll have crystal-clear water to drink!

The plumbing and drain experts at J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning have you covered for all of your plumbing needs. If you’re interested in a water softener system, give us a call at (215) 987-4607 or fill out an online contact form!