Keeping up with your household chores is a big enough pain without having to deal with hard water smudges left behind on your clothes and dishes. But not even an expert plumber can magically remove the greater-than-average mineral content from the soil in areas like Utah. What a plumber can do is install devices that make mineral-dense water in the home gentler, and less likely to cause stains.
You can drink as much hard water as you feel like – it’s not considered harmful for your health. But it can lead to all sorts of home maintenance issues. These can include obstructed hot water flows, less-than optimal lathering which makes soap and detergent less effective, and of course, gray marks smeared on virtually anything that might come out of your dishwasher.
Worse yet, hard water marks can be tremendously difficult to remove. Evidentially, that holds true for parts of the country with very different climates. Recently, a blogger for Wisconsin-based CBS affiliate WISC reported on hard water problems in her new apartment – namely, a toilet bowl ringed with unsightly stains. After a hearty scrubbing proved futile, she attempted an alternative remedy that involved pouring vinegar and borax into the toilet bowl, and allowing the concoction to stand for 20 minutes. As was the case with traditional cleaning methods, the trick almost completely failed to rid her toilet bowl of smudges. She wrote that she was able to reconcile the situation in her mind by thinking that her toilet isn’t actually dirty. Hard water just makes it look that way.
The Vermont Department of Health has done its own investigations into hard water. The agency explains that water softeners deploy salt into a home’s water supply to offset the presence of calcium and magnesium. Obviously, some of us have to closely monitor sodium intake due to health concerns, so pumping salt into drinking water might not be a good idea for everyone. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to install a softener that bypasses a home’s drinking water. It’s been said that a bit of extra minerals in drinking water might actually be good for you. If you’re cleaning with soft water and drinking hard water, you could be getting the best of both worlds.
There are many types of water softeners: manual, automatic, semi-automatic, and others, so ask your local plumber which style suits your home the best.