Are you a homeowner in Arizona, Texas, Utah or Nevada? If so, you probably know about hard water and deal with it on a day-to-day basis. According to U.S. Geographical Study research, Arizona, Texas and Utah have some of the hardest water in the country. When tested, the water registered at “very hard,” meaning the amount of minerals within the water was above 180 milligrams per liter. In the USGS’s scale of the softest water to hardest water, anything above 180 milligrams is the hardest water can possibly be. That’s some hard water! Homeowners in Nevada and Idaho have water that is between 121 and 180 milligrams of minerals per liter. So Idaho and Nevada homeowners still have hard water struggles. Here at Landmark Home Warranty, we know that living in a hard water state can be frustrating, especially for homeowners.
Wait- did you just say you don’t know what hard water is? And you’re not sure why people are struggling with it? Well you’ve come to the right place! Landmark Home Warranty is here to teach you how water ends up soft, or hard, and why that can mean a huge headache for homeowners.
WHAT IS HARD WATER VS. SOFT WATER?
Water can either be hard, or soft. Hard water does not describe the actual feeling of the water.
This is not what I meant by on the rocks.
Hard water has mineral deposits like calcium and magnesium within the water molecules. Soft water doesn’t have any mineral deposits, and just has H2O molecules.
Water doesn’t start out containing minerals, though. When it rains, that water is considered soft water. Water becomes hard when it seeps into the ground and absorbs minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It then takes these minerals into water treatment plants, which gets pumped into homes.
This is why with different states, there are different types of water - there are different types of rocks and sediment water has to pass through that will leave mineral deposits, or won't. While hard water is safe to drink, it can be frustrating for homeowners. Homeowners with hard water have to use more soap in the laundry or in the shower. Hard water simply doesn’t lather as well as soft water, so homeowners with hard water spend more money on cleaning agents. Tests from the Scientific Service of New York found that homes with soft water get better stain remover with 50% less laundry detergent.
When they said everything was bigger in Texas, they weren’t kidding.
Hard water also reacts with soap and creates what is known as scum. Scum can be removed with most household cleaners, as well as vinegar or baking soda.
Another problem that homeowners with hard water face is scale. When hard water is heated, the minerals come out of the water and create scale: hard mineral deposits. This causes spots to form on dishes, kettles, showerheads and faucets. While that can be frustrating to clean off over and over, hard water can also deposit scale within water heaters and pipes. Scale can keep building up within pipes to the point where water pressure has diminished, and eventually the pipes will have to be replaced.
Scale within water heaters can build up and make it so the burner that heats the water has to heat through a thick layer of scale, which makes it harder to heat your water, making your water heater less efficient and burn out before it’s intended lifespan.
Luckily, here at Landmark Home Warranty, we have a lot of excellent DIY tips for homeowners to de-scale their appliances. Stay tuned for our next few posts about maintaining some common items that get a lot of scale build-up within your home. This is especially important if your have an Arizona home warranty, Texas home warranty, Utah home warranty, Nevada home warranty, or Idaho home warranty. With a home warranty and proper maintenance through these tips, you can save thousands of dollars on your home systems and appliances, regardless of if you have hard water or soft water within your home.
Home warranties cover water heaters, plumbing systems, toilets and other major systems and appliances. As long as these home systems and appliances have been properly maintained, the best home warranty can repair or replace them for a flat rate fee of $60. Interested in learning more? This is how a home warranty works: When one of your home systems or appliances is on the fritz, you call your best home warranty company. You tell them what’s going wrong, and they will send over a trusted contractor who will diagnose your problem. As long as the issue is covered under the home warranty coverage, you will receive a repair or replacement for the flat rate fee of $60.
If you want more information, go to Landmark Home Warranty’s website at www.Landmarkhw.com. There, you can read our home warranty reviews, learn about the best home warranty, and compare our home warranty plans.