Pictured: A water faucet containing a high mineral count, which is known as hard water.

Hard Water

Hard water is a way to describe water. The term hard water describes water containing a high mineral count. Water passes through soft rocks, such as shale or limestone and absorbs calcium and magnesium deposits, thus creating “hardness” in the water. This hardness causes scale to build up in pipes, appliances, fixtures and water heaters. It will also increase the amount of soap needed to create a good lather.

What Does Hard Water Mean For You?

Tap water is not 100% pure water (as described above). Nowadays, most people are aware that there can be things in our tap water that may or may not be good for our health. Some of those things in your tap water are safe to drink, but some are not.

Your drinking water can have some trace minerals present such as iron, which can come from things like soil, lakes and rivers. Even your old corroded plumbing can cause these trace minerals. In some areas, hard water may also contain manganese or aluminum.

Some of these trace minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron are not necessarily bad for you. In some cases they can be beneficial. However, some hard water sediments can also carry bacteria that can be harmful. Studies have found that hard water scaling can be directly responsible for bacterial growth in your household drinking water. Geological studies done in the United States show that 85% of households have hard water.

Solution: The best solution is a water conditioner installed. By utilizing a water conditioner, Carroll Water can help reduce rock and mineral deposits from occurring in the water flowing through your home or business. It will also decrease the amount of soaps, cleaning products, and time spent cleaning hard water stains, thus saving unnecessary strain on your body and your budget.

Signs You Have Hard Water Problems In Your Home

  • Your Water Tastes or Smells Funny
  • You’re Getting Strange Stains
  • You’re Constantly Cleaning Up Soap Scum
  • Your Showering Experience Suffers
  • Your Pipes Keep Getting Clogged
  • Your Clothes Aren’t Getting Clean
  • Your Family Has Skin Irritation Issues
  • Your Appliances Are Wearing Out Quickly


Want to know what is in your water?

If you want to check to see if you have hard water or would like to have your water tested for contaminants, request a free water test below or contact a water treatment specialist here at Carroll Water.

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Water-Related Diseases: Arsenicosis – World Health Organization
Basic Information about Arsenic in Drinking Water – Environmental Protection Agency – 9/17/13
Arsenic in Drinking Water – Natural Resource Defense Council – 2/12/09
Radium and Your Drinking Water – The Department of the Environment, State of Maryland – 7/9/15
Basic Information about the Radionuclides Rule – Environmental Protection Agency – 3/6/12
MTBE – American Cancer Society – 7/17/14
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) – Environmental Protection Agency – 11/15/14