According to a US geological survey, hard water is found in more than 85 percent of the country. With these kinds of numbers, we’ve probably all had to deal with it at one time or another.
So what makes water hard?
When water falls as rain it’s soft and free of minerals. Water picks up minerals as it passes through rock, sand and soil. Hard water is high in mineral salts, especially calcium and magnesium ions. Trussville Utilities’ water comes from underground aquifers and contains such minerals that make it moderately hard. Even though other minerals exist in hard water, it is the calcium and magnesium that create problems. When heated, these mineral precipitate out of water and encrust themselves onto items as “scale” or mineral deposits.
Hard Water Solutions
- Use a rinsing agent or distilled vinegar in the dishwasher and washing machine to remove white film and spots. Reducing the temperature of the hot water also will help.
- Follow the laundry detergent manufactures instructions on using the product with hard water.
- Look for soaps and shampoos especially formulated for hard water. A final rinse of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and ¾ cup water can help remove dulling product buildup.
- Remove calcified buildup on pipes and appliances on a regular basis.
- Flush your hot water heater occasionally as directed in the owner’s manual.
- Use white vinegar on tiles, glass and faucets to help remove mineral deposits.
Hard water may be a nuisance but it is not harmful and actually helps by providing calcium and other minerals that our bodies need. If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact us at 205 655-3211.