Honest & Reliable Plumbers

The Problem with Hard Water and How to Fix It

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is water that has high levels of calcium, magnesium, and other alkaline minerals. Hard water is measured in grains per gallon; GPG for short. One GPG is soft water while 2-9 GPG is moderately hard water, and 10+ GPG is hard water.

The Effects of Hard Water

Hard water reacts with chemicals, creates soap residue, and wears down your fixtures and appliances in your home. Having hard water makes it more difficult to lather and rinse soap while washing your hands or taking a shower. With it being harder to rinse soap it leaves the residue behind, making your skin or hair dry and dull.

Additionally, your fixtures and appliances will start having white spots and residue on them. You will also have white spots and residue on your dishes caused by reduced energy efficiency from build-up in your dish washer. Washing your clothes with hard water will be less effective than washing them in soft water, because of hard water on soap. Because it is hard to lather and rinse soap off of your hair and skin, your clothes will go through the same problem of not being washed to the fullest.

Two of the main problems with hard water are:

  • The buildup in your pipes
  • The buildup in your water heater

The easiest way to picture this is by seeing your pipes as the arteries of your home. The minerals in hard water will start to build up in your pipes, leaving you with a clogged artery. Hard water builds up on your elements in your water heater, which ends up killing your water heater.

What to Do About Hard Water & How You Can Fix Your Hard Water Problems

To fix your hard water problem would first be to have one of our Winchester plumbers come out and do a water test to determine where you sit on the GPG scale. After we find out where you sit on the GPG scale, we will provide you with the correct water softener for your hard water needs.

Give us a call at (540) 742-7909 to get scheduled for a free estimate. To request an appointment online, click here.