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What’s the Deal with Hard Water?

Hard water can be incredibly frustrating. It creates unsightly stains on shiny surfaces and can also cause household appliances to malfunction. Additionally, some studies have revealed that hard water can negatively impact your health due to the presence of minerals such as calcium, silica, magnesium, and lime. 

Over time, these mineral deposits build up and frequently necessitate the assistance of local plumbing companies or, in rare circumstances, a consultation with your primary physician.

Common Issues

One of the most prevalent issues associated with hard water is the presence of residue. Have you ever noticed white spots or streaks on your dishes after washing them? If so, this is likely due to hard water. Fortunately, there are numerous solutions available to tackle this issue. We suggest installing a soft water system in your home to combat buildup. 

Alternatively, distilled vinegar and some elbow grease can be an effective method for removing tougher stains. Appliances such as water faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines are also at risk because the minerals found in hard water frequently cause plumbing problems. If one of your appliances is malfunctioning, it’s possible that calcium and magnesium deposits are to blame.

Hard water can potentially have a harmful impact on physical health, which is the most alarming aspect. According to a study, babies living with hard water had an 87% greater chance of developing eczema, a skin condition.1 

Furthermore, other studies have reported risk factors for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, growth retardation, reproductive failure, irregular bowel movements, and renal insufficiency.2 
It goes without saying that soft water is the way to go. However, if you’re experiencing problems with your appliances due to hard water buildup, contact MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning today at 281-603-9949.

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