Denver Plumbing Company on the Upsides and Downsides of Hard Water

Denver Plumbing Company on the Upsides and Downsides of Hard Water

All households need water, but not all water is created equally. According to a U.S. geological survey, about 85% of the country gets what is called “hard water”—water that has high levels of mineral salts, especially that of calcium and magnesium. Denver itself has this type of water, though the “hardness” varies with the season, being slightly harder in the winter when water bodies freeze and softer in the spring when lakes and streams start flowing again.

the effects of drinking hard water

As Rhomylly Forbes writes, though, for eHow.com, hard water isn’t necessarily bad, and it may actually be beneficial to your health:

Bone Health
Drinking hard water can be good for your health. Because hard water contains a relatively high concentration of calcium, drinking it can increase the presence of this essential nutrient in your diet. Calcium helps strengthen bones and teeth in adults and children.

Blood Sugar Levels
According to the National Institutes of Health, the mineral magnesium is also vital to bone health, keeps our hearts beating regularly and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Drinking magnesium-rich hard water is an easy way to get a little more of this essential mineral in your diet.

The excess minerals in the water, however, also have a downside, as Denver plumbing company Total Plumbing points out. Below are some of the problems you might encounter if you have hard water:

“Off” Taste
The abundance of minerals in hard water often lends it a chalky or mineral aftertaste. While this is more of an aesthetic rather than a health concern, many people actually prefer their water to have little or no discernable taste.

Scum Formation
Soap reacts differently with hard water, often leaving a sticky scum on your skin after a bath. This curd will also form on your bathroom walls, tiles, and bathtub, leaving them looking grimy and unclean.

Laundry
Detergents are also rendered less-effective by hard water, leaving you with dull-looking, dingy clothes. The minerals leave your clothes feeling scratchy or abrasive to the touch as well.

Clogs Your Appliances
Minerals in the water may also build up in the pipes of your dishwasher and water heater, affecting their efficiency and costing you more money to operate them.

If you don’t want to experience these issues, you may call an experienced Denver plumber who can perform water-softening services for your home. That way, you can experience clean, soft water round-the-clock.

(Source: The Effects of Drinking Hard Water, eHow.com)



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