The Hard Facts on Hard Water
Here in Indiana, we’re known for things like basketball and Indy Car racing. Ask a plumbing professional and they will tell you Indiana is also known for having very hard water. So, what is hard water and why is Indiana so prone to it?
According to the Indiana Department of Water, hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone, which is largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates. These carbonates are measured by grains per gallon, and with a rate of 14, Indiana water ranks ‘very hard’.
We called in one of our professionals, Chuck Colbert, to answer a few questions about water quality in the home and what you should be doing to keep your pipes working and your dishes calcium spot-free.
“Hard water is water that has calcium, lime or other minerals in it. We see a lot of lime here because Indiana sits on a limestone bed. These microscopic elements slowly build up in pipes and can do permanent damage.”
Indianapolis water hardness does more than leaves spots on your dishes. You’ll also notice:
- Corroded pipes
- Unsightly and uncomfortable scum after bathing or cleaning
- Murky or cloudy water in your pool
- Rough feeling clothes and linens
- Scale buildup on faucets
If you notice these signs and symptoms, it’s time to call in a professional to diagnose the water in your home. Indiana hard water isn’t something you have to live with, you have options when it comes to improving and softening the water in your home.
A water softener is a specific type of water conditioner that uses salt to reduce water hardness by grains per gallon. When the quality of your water is improved, the life of your plumbing is increased. Without hard minerals running through your pipes, they are less likely to erode.
With the help of a water softener and regular maintenance, the water quality in your home will noticeably improve. Soft water leads to less pipe erosion, cleaner clothes, and a lower monthly water bill. Water softener systems are a good investment for the long-term health of your home and family. Regular maintenance will keep your system running efficiently and the soap scum out of your bathtub. When you’re ready to remedy your hard water headaches, call in a technician to have a look.