The Real Cost of Hard Water

Hard Water. Probably not something that you think about every time you turn on the faucet in the kitchen sink, put a load of laundry in the washing machine, or run the dishwasher. But do you ever notice a layer of film on your showers and sinks? Spots on clothes or dishes after being washed? Does your skin and hair still feel dry no matter what products you use on them? It could be hard water.

Statistically only 15 percent of water in the United States falls into the category of soft water according to the US Geological Survey. So the likelihood of your home having hard water is pretty high. But don’t just speculate, Culligan Water offers free water testing and analysis so you can know for sure what’s in your water. 

What is Hard Water Costing Me?

It may seem like investing in a water softener is an unnecessary expense, but think for a minute about what hard water is actually costing you. 

Clothes and towels washed in hard water tend to wear out much quicker than those washed in soft water. Do you find yourself having to replace towels, clothes, and sheets for the whole family on a regular basis because they are wearing out after washing? You can chalk that expense up to hard water. 

Hard water takes its toll on your appliances as well. 

Your dishwasher, washing machine, air conditioner, water heater and refrigerator all suffer the results of hard water. Hard water running through your pipes will eventually cause a buildup of calcium and magnesium when heated, leading to corrosion. With hard water your appliances will run less efficiently, won’t last as long, and will require more water to function than with soft water. Think expensive pipe and appliance repairs or replacements as well as a higher water bill. 

Hard Water and Your Time

Money isn’t the only thing hard water is costing you. 

You are also paying for it with your time. Do you spend extra time scrubbing soap scum off of your tub, shower, and sinks? Do you find spots on your clothes after washing them that you need to treat and wash again? Is it hard to get your dishes clean and do you need to spend more time cleaning them even after they’ve been through the dishwasher?  You can thank hard water for that.

Hard Water and Your Hair and Skin

There is yet another way hard water is costing you money and time and that is it’s effects on your hair and skin.

Hard water can leave your hair feeling filmy with residual product as a result of the difficulty rinsing out shampoo and conditioner with hard water. Hard water also causes colors to fade faster, meaning more trips to the salon to get your hair colored, costing you both time and money. 

When it comes to your skin, hard water makes it difficult to rinse soap off of your skin and can leave it dried out and irritated. This can contribute to skin conditions and make them worse. The minerals in hard water left on your skin absorb moisture and oils in your skin, drying it out. This lack of moisture in your skin and high levels of hard minerals can also mess with the hydration and pH balance of your skin which could potentially cause breakouts. 

So now you’re looking at the cost of expensive products to help with your dry, irritated skin and dry, limp, and filmy hair. 

You’ve tried everything for your skin and hair but have you ever considered that your water is the culprit and that softening it is the simple solution?

What Can I Do About My Hard Water?

Culligan Water can come to the rescue and save you from spending extra money and time because of hard water. With our water softening systems including our 1 inch High Efficiency Water Softener as well as an option for a salt free water conditioner, we can help ensure the longevity of your pipes, appliances, and clothes. And your soft skin and hair will thank Culligan Water as well. 

Good thing we’ve got the soft touch. Contact us today for a free water analysis and let us get to work softening your water.