You most likely won’t realize you have hard water it until you notice orange marks in your tub or sink. If your home has hard water, then taking care of the stains and residue it leaves behind is only part of the solution. The next step is finding out how to manage hard watermarks and choose the right water softener for you.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water contains higher levels of iron, calcium, and magnesium than soft or filtered water. Different regions throughout the United States are known for their hard water supplies, and you can find out where the most hard water is in your state using this map.
Well water is particularly susceptible to hardening due to mineral build-up. Although drinking hard water won’t cause any major health problems, it can still pose its fair share of troubles. Some of the most common issues people with hard water face are:
- Orange stains around drains and on porcelain tubs and sinks.
- Clothes developing rust-like stains and appearing dull after several washes.
- Dry hair and skin due to excess chlorine.
Is Hard Water Dangerous?
Hard water is safe to drink and use. Still, you may want to invest in a water softener or home filtration system. Not only will these systems help remove water stains, but you’ll enjoy softer hair and skin, brighter clothes and eliminate stains from your kitchen and bathroom.
Treating Hard Water
Even without a water softener, you can clean and remove hard watermarks yourself. There are plenty of in-store products, but you can also use some at-home alternatives.Regular bleach products work, but you could also make a lemon juice solution with freshly squeezed lemon and warm water. Spray the affected areas and allow them to sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing.If you decide to buy over-the-counter products, make sure you go with one that has hydrochloric acid, ammonia or oxalic acid. These chemical compounds break down the minerals in the hard water, which makes it easier to clean.
To order an at-home water test and explore your water softener solutions, call Aquarius Water Conditioning at 888-741-9025.