Whether you own a house or are planning on buying one soon, you’ll agree when I say that moving into a new house is no easy feat. You cut down your expenses and may even compromise on your lifestyle so you can arrange the funds you need. You exchange your lifetime savings to make your dream come true.
Apart from gathering capital, you also spend months looking for a house you love. But just when you feel like you’ve made your house your home, it starts losing its lustre. The culprit? The seemingly harmless water flowing through your pipes. How? Because it’s hard water.
What is Hard Water?
Simply put, Hard-water is water with high mineral content, usually calcium and magnesium. When soft rainwater passes through soil and rocks, it dissolves some of the minerals and becomes hard in nature. It is the usage of this water that is slowly killing your house and may even be damaging your health. Surprised? Let us tell you how.
Hair and skin:
- Hard water makes the tiny scales of your hair stand up, making it rough and dry. Soaps and shampoos are also less effective when used with hard water because they don’t dissolve and may even create soap films. These films make your hair brittle and dull, and can give it a strange colour. Further, because of the roughness of your hair, shampoo doesn’t wash away as easily either. These minerals also make your skin dry, lead to irritation and even aggravate eczema.
Fixtures and appliances:
Studies show that the quality of water is one of the major factors that determine the effectiveness of your fixtures and appliances. Valves and pores in the showerhead, taps, faucets, etc. start to form layers of minerals that can affect the water pressure. Appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers start clogging, drastically bringing down their efficiency. But geysers have it the worst. With time, the heating coil in a geyser starts accumulating scales and the heating process slows, thus consuming more electricity.
Bathroom and pipes:
When hard water passes through pipes, the minerals present in it bind themselves together and form a scale-like layer on the inside of the pipes. Not only is it very difficult to remove these scales, they can also cause clogging in pipelines and drainage systems, in the long term. This could ruin your entire plumbing system. Moreover, these minerals also stick to bathtubs and tiled walls which make them look dirty and stained.
Hard water damages whatever it touches. Basins, sinks, tubs and utensils may even attract a layer of minerals. Not only does it require more soap to clean these utensils, but they may also get coated with a soapy film and an unpleasant white residue.
Like soap and shampoo, detergent too is less efficient when used with hard water. Washing clothes in hard water requires more detergent because it doesn’t lather well. Instead, it creates soap scum that gets stuck in the fabric of the cloth, giving it a dull, dirty appearance. Hard water also takes its toll on the fabric’s texture, making it rough and stiff. And finally, it weakens the fabric, causing it to wear and tear sooner than it should.
Water ruining your dream house makes a lot more sense now, doesn’t it? The next logical question thus becomes – what can you do about it?
One of the most effective ways of dealing with hard water is to use water softeners, though that could be a tedious task to do manually. 3M solves this problem with the 3M Fully Automatic Water Softener. This softener treats hard water by removing the harsh minerals in it, and supplies you with better quality water for use, so that you don’t have to worry about damage to your home, appliances or the health of your loved ones.
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