(Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in November 2013. It has been updated and additions made to reflect current and accurate information.)
Hard water myths have been streaming in and out of your home for several years now, and it is hard to believe what is fact and what is fiction these days.
TLC Plumbing is here to help you get the facts straight on hard water. Our team of water experts has debunked the most popular hard water myths in New Mexico so you can make the best choice for your family when it comes to water quality.
Myth #1: Hard Water Isn’t an Issue in New Mexico.
Hard water is found in over 85% of the country, but 95% of New Mexico homes have hard water. Water from your plumbing comes from the ground; therefore, magnesium and calcium are dissolved minerals that are picked up along the way, causing your water to be hard. Because the degree of hardness varies from area to area, it’s important to get a professional water test done to evaluate how hard your water really is.
Myth #2: Hard water tastes fine.
Drinking from the tap is common in many households, but if that water is hard you’ll be able to taste the difference. Softer water does taste better and is more refreshing. Also, soft water is better for your dental hygiene. Years of drinking hard water can cause your teeth to turn yellow.
Myth #3: Hard water isn’t contaminating.
Hard water can cause noticeable damage to plumbing because of the high-levels of magnesium and calcium, which are indeed contaminates. Hard water contaminants cause stains and grimy build-up on your appliances, dishware, and plumbing, making it difficult to clean and unclog.
Myth #4: Hard water doesn’t affect my laundry.
It’s a challenging task to effectively cleaning your clothes when you have hard water. The dissolved minerals tend to prevent laundry detergents from working, giving your clothes a harsher feel and causing color to fade faster.
Myth #5: Hard water can cause health problems.
Hard water is not harmful to your health, but it can lead to serious issues with your plumbing. Limescale build-up, which is caused by the dissolved minerals in hard water can lead to hassles and repairs to your household plumbing. This can ultimately lead to unhealthy problems for your wallet.
Treat your Water
With Kinetico water systems improving your water quality is customized to fit your household’s individual needs. We offer the latest in water technology from Kinetico water softeners and drinking water systems.