The 5 Most Common Hard Water Complaints in Central Ohio

Hard water is something that no Central Ohio home or business owner wants to have. While it isn’t necessarily dangerous to one’s health, the effects of hard water can cause many problems that inconvenience us in a variety of ways. While there are dozens of these, we thought it’d be worth mentioning some of the most common and tedious problems our customers have reported seeing with their hard water.

If any of these problems are occurring in your Central Ohio home or office, we strongly suggest acquiring the proper treatment systems and filters so that you have a constant supply of safer soft water. While these might be little annoyances now, they can soon turn into problems that could end up costing you in the long run.

  1. Glass – The presence of elements like calcium and magnesium contributes to the formation of hard water. Early on, the most common sign of its presence is on your glassware after running it through the dishwasher. When hard water is used, the particles dry on the surfaces of glass, leaving behind the infamous “white fog” that many dread seeing after pulling glassware from the dishwasher. This buildup, while not harmful, can significantly lower the quality and appearance of valuable glasses, and is difficult to fully clean.
  2. Skin – When showering or washing your hands, the soap you use is more likely to stick to your skin when using hard water. The minerals in hard water mix with the particles in soap to create a very thin coat on the surface of your skin. When this dries, many begin to experience slight skin irritation and itchiness. In addition, this can also make your hair more difficult to groom or style properly. Many people report experiencing an itchy scalp as well.
  3. Clothing – Washing clothes with hard water can be, to put it simply, too negative. Similar to washing dishes or skin, the soaps and detergents used in washing do not fully run through the stitching and fibers of clothing when using hard water. What’s more is that many particles of dirt tend to stay lodged in fabric with these other dried calcium and magnesium particles. This can lead to a gradual wearing of material, along with dulling colors in many articles of clothing.
  4. Water Flow – Hard water in sinks and pipes can cause progressively lower flow rates. This is because as the water dries, sediment buildup increases and allows less and less space for water to travel through the next time it’s being used.
  5. Treatment Systems – This presence of dissolved particles can cause problems for some water systems, too. If you’re using a tank that stores hot water for industrial or commercial purposes, it’s suggested that you have it emptied out at least twice in a year. Without this treatment, the dried calcium and magnesium in the water will eventually start to wear away at membranes that handle reverse osmosis and cause corrosion. Another great way to combat the presence of hard water in tanks, and to ensure that it stays filtered, is to run it through systems that utilize chemical procedures or UV treatment.

We at Flag City Water Treatment Systems know the troubles that come with having hard water. With this information in mind, we suggest acting sooner than later in making sure your water is properly treated for hard water so that you won’t have to worry about the annoyances that come with unwanted minerals in your water.