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How Hard Water Puts Your Home & Health In Hot Water

Hard water can be a hazard to your health and home. Here’s how the pros recommend dealing with hard water in your home or business. Did you know that Indiana has some of the hardest water in the US? It’s not just a Hoosier State problem, 85% of US households experience hard water issues. If you have hard water, you know it can be a nuisance to your skin, hair, dishes, appliances, and plumbing. Luckily, there is an easy fix to alleviate the issues hard water can cause.

What Is Hard Water?

Hard water contains an excessive amount of minerals-calcium, magnesium, and sometimes iron being the main offenders while soft water usually contains a lot of sodium. In the US, hard water is experienced differently across regions. In the Midwest, hard water problems are primarily caused by the large amount of limestone in our area. As groundwater passes through limestone, it picks up the minerals causing hard water and carries it into our water supply.

How Can I Tell If I Have Hard Water?

Hard water is measured on a scale of grains-per-gallon (GPG).
  • 1 gpg: SOFT
  • 1-3.5 gpg: SLIGHTLY HARD
  • 3.5-7 gpg: MODERATELY HARD
  • 7-10.5 gpg: HAR
  • 10-14 gpg: VERY HARD
  • 15+ gpg: EXTREMELY HARD
The Midwest region is ranked as having some of the hardest water in the country. Lucky us. In fact, Indianapolis is ranked as having some of the hardest water in the country. In our area, many households fall into the “EXTREMELY HARD” category. Some tell-tale signs of hard water problems in your home or business are:
  • You Have Mineral Buildup On Your Faucets: lime deposits like to stick around faucets and drains
  • You Have Soap Scum, Water Spots In Your Bathroom: hard water doesn’t dissolve soaps and laundry detergents well, which leaves residue stuck to surfaces
  • There Is Film, Water Spots On Your Dishes: you may notice whiteish spots on your glassware or cloudy-looking dishes
  • Your Appliances Aren’t Working Efficiently: mineral deposits may clog the water supply and internal components of your household appliances
  • Your Drains, Faucets Are Slow: mineral buildup is to blame for slow drains and low-pressure faucets and showerheads
  • Your Laundry Is Stiff Or Dingy: hard water prevents laundry soap from rinsing cleanly from clothing leaving loads stiff, dingy, and discolored
  • Your Plumbing Is Corroded: mineral deposits from hard water cause corrosion making even a small leak a big problem for household or business plumbing
  • Your Skin & Hair Are Dry: you may notice your skin and hair are dry, and you may not see lather when shampooing or using soap

How To Prevent Hard Water

You don’t have to put up with hard water. The first step to solving your hard water problem is discovering how bad your problem actually is. Scheduling a free water test from the pros at Legacy can help determine how to tackle hard water in your home or business. One way to erase hard water problems in your home or business is by using a water softener. These affordable filtration systems act like magnets attracting and removing high the minerals responsible for causing hard water. Legacy pros trust Sterling brand water softeners to keep our customers’ homes and businesses protected from the effects of hard water. With many options, styles, and purposes to fit your individual needs and budget, Legacy and Sterling can solve your hard water problems.

Call The Water Treatment Pros

The water treatment pros at Legacy offer free water testing to our customers to help determine how severe their hard water issue is. Our team can offer customized solutions to solve your water treatment needs. Contact Us to schedule your free water test and erase your hard water problems for good.
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