If you have hard water, you have probably noticed the signs around your home. One common issue is mineral buildup on faucet heads and shower heads. Another issue? Your dishes are always left with water spots after running a load through the dishwasher. While hard water can affect the fixtures around your home, it can also affect your body.
How does hard water cause mineral buildup on the fixtures around your home? Groundwater flows through the pipes of your home. The dissolved minerals within that groundwater combine with heat, leaving scale and buildup that damages your pipes, appliances, and fixtures. This is one of the easiest and most common ways to spot you have hard water. Next time you look at your shower head, check for mineral buildup!
What is Hard Water?
First, we need to understand what hard water is before we explain the effects it has on your body. Hard water has excess levels of magnesium and calcium. While it may appear like you have hard water, it is important to get your water tested so you can install an accurate treatment plan if you’d like. You may have other water quality issues besides hard water.
Once your water is tested, the levels of excess minerals are determined. They are measured in grains per gallon. If the excess minerals exceed 3.5 gpg (grains per gallon), you have hard water. A certified water treatment company will be able to perform this test. If you are located in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Suburban Water Technology can help you!
EFFECTS OF HARD WATER ON SKIN
Where you will notice hard water effects the most are your skin and hair. What are the most common signs you may notice?
- Dry skin. Hard water makes it more difficult to rinse the soap off the surface of your skin. This can also cause your skin to get more irritated. People with sensitive skin or issues such as eczema are especially sensitive to this.
- Skin breakouts. Dryness and excess mineral levels can affect hydration and pH balance in your skin (for some people, not all people). Since the soap can remain on the surface of your skin, this can also cause clogged pores.
Signs of Hard Water On Your Hair
Your hair is one of the other most common areas you will notice hard water issues on your body. As we now know, hard water makes it more difficult to rinse soap off your skin and your scalp. You may already notice some or a few of these problems:
- A greasy or dry scalp. Hard water makes it more difficult to get a good lather, therefore making it more difficult to deep clean your scalp. Similar to your skin, hard water makes it more difficult to rinse products off of the surface of your scalp. Leftover shampoo or conditioner on your scalp can cause it to become greasy, dry, or irritated.
- If you have color-treated hair, the color may fade faster. If you have blonde hair, hard water can make your hair appear brassy.
- Dry or damaged hair. Hard water dries out your skin and hair. It can also make it more brittle, making your hair more prone to breakage.
How Can You Treat Hard Water Issues?
First, get your water tested. This will determine the level of excess minerals in your water. If hard water is your only issue, a water softener can help remove the excess minerals leaving you with softer water. Not only will it improve the quality of your water, but it will improve your hair and skin health. You will be so relieved when you aren’t facing these hard water issues every day!
To learn more about water softeners, read one of our newest blogs for an in-depth look at what they are and how they operate. If you have other water quality issues along with hard water, additional treatment options may be needed. If you’re looking for a professional company to test your water, contact us to book your appointment!