Have you been on the lookout for who published a massive guide on how to treat hard water? I recommend you tap on the blue texts in this article.

So, what do I have for you?

You’ll discover just what you need to know about the common problem of hard water almost everyone living in the United States experiences.

Does this interest you?

Let’s get things underway in that case.

For starters…

What is hard water?

Hard water forms when there is an unusually high concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the water. This hard water may be in two forms;

  • Temporary hard water and
  • Permanent hard water

To state it simply the difference between both forms of hardness is that temporary hard water can be softened by merely boiling the water while boiling cannot precipitate the minerals causing permanent hardness. 

Permanent hard water can be softened by water softener or using an ion-exchange column.

Now, you may wonder if there are any advantages to this hardness of the water. 

They are…

Advantages of Hard Water

  • Hardware tastes better even though water is supposed to be tasteless as it’s the case with soft water.
  • Since it contains high concentration of magnesium and calcium, it helps to strengthen the teeth
  • It helps to prevent constipation.

Disadvantages of Hard Water

  • It will cause difficulty when doing your laundry. Hard Water doesn’t foam easily with soap especially when it is bar soap.
  • It can easily lead to corrosion in water pipes.
  • It may cause reactions with the skin especially where one’s skin is hypersensitive.
  • It may lead to dry and rough hair if you use it to wash your hair frequently.


How would you tell if the magnesium and calcium concentration of your drinking water are on the high side?

Taking cognizance of the fact that you may not be a scientist. So you don’t have time to worry over carrying out scientific studies.

Signs that your drinking water is hard

  • If you notice that the metallic components of your laundry equipment are starting to corrode.
  • Your clothes begin to lose its original color.
  • Your hand feels sticky each time you wash with hard water.
  • The water pipe is clogged and begins to wear out

These are top symptoms that the water available for your use is hard and needs to be treated without delay.

In Conclusion

So far, I have shown you what hard water is all about. The types of hard water, its benefits, disadvantages and how to tell if your water is hard without going for laboratory tests.

Don’t forget to use your mask as you maintain social distancing.

By Manali

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