High levels of dissolved minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium in water characterize hard water. These minerals can cause numerous issues, such as hard water stains and deposits in sinks, tubs, and showers. At CLEARWAVE, we provide a complimentary water analysis service to determine the mineral content in your water and assist you in selecting the most suitable solution for your residence or commercial enterprise.
Hard water is present throughout the United States, with the majority of states having moderately to extremely hard water. Prolonged exposure to hard water can lead to several hair and skin issues, among other symptoms. Additionally, hard water can result in unsightly stains on faucets, toilets, and other water-using fixtures. If you’re experiencing hard water stains, we can help you eradicate the problem entirely. Contact us today to learn more about our water treatment solutions.
SIGNS OF HARD WATER
There are several telltale signs of hard water in your home or business:
Soap scum buildup in your tub or shower.
Brown or reddish stains in your sinks, showers, and toilets.
Additional soap required to get your body, laundry, and dishes clean.
Spots or cloudiness on dishes and glassware after going through the dishwasher.
Increased energy bills from scale buildup impeding appliance efficiency.
Dry hair that tangles and requires more shampoo and conditioner than normal.
HARD WATER STAINS
The appearance of hard water deposits will depend on the minerals that are most prevalent. Here are the most common hard water stains and their root cause:
High calcium in the water leaves a white residue which is most visible on metal surfaces like faucets and showerheads.
Brown or black staining is usually the result of high levels of dissolved manganese. A great place to check for manganese staining is in the water tank on your toilet.
Orange or reddish stains are caused by high iron in the water. You will likely notice these red hard water stains around your faucet or the waterline of your toilet.
GETTING RID OF HARD WATER
A water softener employing ion exchange technology is the most straightforward means of eliminating hard water. These systems are linked to the primary water supply and eliminate surplus minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and others from all the water used in your home or business. The softeners operate by capturing minerals and metals from your water in negatively charged resin beads located inside the water-softener tanks. The resin beads are subsequently rinsed free of these minerals during a process known as regeneration, allowing the system to begin the cycle once more.