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If your household water supply has a high mineral content, you should be concerned about the damage it may do to your plumbing and appliances. While hard drinking water does not pose a health hazard to members of your family, you should take steps to solve the problem. Otherwise, your faucets, showerheads and the inside of your water heater may be affected. To find out about hard water in your area, call your local South Jersey plumbers for expert advice.

Magnesium and calcium compounds are the principal dissolved minerals in hard water, but other elements like iron, aluminum and manganese may also be present. Hard water has a metallic aftertaste and leaves an invisible, soapy film on your skin after showering. If you have a stubborn ring in your bathtub or stains beneath your faucet, hard water is probably the cause. Your detergents and shampoo do not produce much lather when mixed with hard water.

To confirm the presence of hard water in your home, you can send for a test kit, or you can do a simple test. Fill a plastic water bottle halfway and add six drops of dish soap. If the water foams over the top when you shake it up and remove the lid, your water is not hard. If the water produces a lesser amount of suds, it is slightly hard. If all you see is a soapy film on the inside of the bottle, your water is quite hard.

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The principle problems with mineral-rich water in a household are the deposits it leaves inside your plumbing system, water heater, dishwasher and washing machine. Over time, the mineral content of hard water builds up a scaly substance inside your pipes and mars the interior of your hot water heater. Water high in iron content leaves stains on the inside of your dishwasher, and washing clothing in hard water not only leaves a scaly buildup on the tub of the machine but also does not get your laundry as clean as soft water would.

Hard water isn't all bad, though. In fact, the calcium, magnesium and iron in the water are nutrients that your body needs to maintain optimum health.

You have several options for softening your hard water to avoid the negatives. You can address only those areas where hard water leaves deposits. In the water heater, lower the temperature to minimize heat-extracted mineral scale. In your dishwasher, add a rinsing agent or plain vinegar to reduce spots left by hard water. Rinse off with an apple cider vinegar and water solution after bathing to remove soapy film. Make your coffee with bottled water to prevent calcium deposits in the coffee maker.

Whole-house hard water softeners are typically ion exchange resin devices. This type of softener uses one of three materials to remove minerals from the water: sodium, potassium or hydrogen.

Taking steps to protect your plumbing and appliances from the negative effects of hard water is critical to keeping everything functioning correctly. Whether you decide to treat issues individually or purchase a water softener, your home will benefit as a result.

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