An estimated 85% of the fresh water supply in the United States is considered to be “hard” water—water that contains high concentrations of dissolved minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. Additionally, the Water Quality Association considers a number of central Texas communities to possess extremely hard water.
Aside from causing damage to your hair and skin, hard water is likely to negatively affect all of your water-using appliances–for instance, washing machines, dishwashers, sinks, bathtubs, etc. Hard water can be wearing on things like rubber seals in your water-using appliances, but can also cause plumbing problems, since those dissolved minerals may collect and eventually clog your pipes.
When iron or manganese is the most predominant dissolved mineral in a household’s hard water, both will leave a red-orange stain in your tubs, sinks, and other water-using appliances. On top of that, any clothing and other laundry that you wash with hard water will also be stained that same orange-red over time. In fact, hard residue will cling to just about anything it touches, including your silverware and glassware.
The best way to protect your appliances—and improve the health of your skin and hair—is to install a water softening system that actively removes the dissolved minerals from your household water supply. To speak with one of the Austin water softener specialists at American Water TX about our full line of Kinetico water softener products, please call our Austin offices at (512) 388-0022 today.