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Hard Water: Why It’s Important to Counteract in Your Home


At Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating, we believe in providing our customers with top-notch service and valuable information to maintain a healthy and efficient home. A common issue many homeowners face is hard water. Understanding what hard water is, its effects, and how to counteract it can save you time, money, and frustration. We’re experts when it comes to water treatment, and below we’re going to provide you the information you need to know about hard water.

What Is Hard Water?

No, it’s not ice!

Hard water is water that contains high levels of dissolved minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. These minerals are picked up as water passes through soil and rock, making their way into our water supply. While hard water is not harmful to drink, it poses several challenges for homeowners.

Negative Effects of Hard Water on Your Home

Scale Buildup in Pipes and Appliances

One of the most noticeable effects of hard water is scale buildup. The minerals in hard water can accumulate inside pipes, water heaters, and appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. Over time, this buildup can restrict water flow, reduce the efficiency of your appliances, and increase your energy bills. In severe cases, it can even lead to costly repairs or replacements.

Reduced Efficiency of Soap and Detergent

Hard water reacts with soap to form a sticky residue known as soap scum. This not only makes it difficult to get a good lather, but it also means you need to use more soap and detergent to achieve the desired cleaning effect. This can be frustrating and more expensive over time.

Stains and Spots on Dishes and Laundry

If you’ve ever noticed white spots on your glasses or a dull appearance in your laundry, hard water is likely the culprit. The mineral deposits can leave unsightly stains on dishes, glassware, and clothing, which can be tough to remove without the right water treatment solutions.

Dry Skin and Hair

The minerals in hard water can also affect your skin and hair. Many people find that hard water leaves their skin feeling dry and itchy, and their hair looking dull and lifeless. This is because the soap scum that forms can clog pores and coat hair, preventing moisture from penetrating.

Water Testing & Water Softening

Before you can address the issues caused by hard water, it’s essential to know the hardness level of your water. At Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating, we recommend professional water testing to get an accurate measurement of the mineral content in your water supply. This information will help us determine the best solution for your home.

The most effective way to combat hard water is by installing a water softener. A water softener works by exchanging the calcium and magnesium ions in hard water with sodium or potassium ions, effectively reducing the hardness of the water. 

If you suspect you have hard water, don’t hesitate to contact us for a professional water test and consultation. We’re one of the most respected and skilled water treatment companies in Hackettstown. Our experienced team is here to help you find the best solutions for your home’s plumbing needs.

Contact Schaible’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. for water testing and water treatment options. 

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