11 problems you probably never knew were a hard water issue.
Some of the problems are small and annoying; others are pretty major – but they all require attention, especially if you own your own home.
Check out our list below. Anything sound familiar? (Something probably will – about 85% of all households have hard water!)
#1: Your boiled beans stay hard as buckshot. You want to make soup. From scratch. You boil that bag of dried 15-bean soup for hours, but the peas and beans are still like pebbles. And it happens every time.
You’re not a bad cook, and the beans aren’t bad – your water is probably hard. Very hard, in fact. The minerals in the water form a film on the skin that does not allow the beans to absorb the water molecules and properly hydrate.
Your beans deserve better. Better water, that is.
#2: The beautiful pickles you canned this summer are all shriveled like the mummies you see in books. It’s not your fault. It’s the water (probably). Hard water can cause pickles to shrivel. And blanching your veggies before you freeze them (a necessary step) will result in tough, tasteless beans and peas if you use hard water in the process.
Want better veggies? Get rid of the hard water. Unless you want something to blame your cooking skills on.
#3: Your hair looks so lifeless and lackluster you’re seriously considering getting a crew cut. You wash your hair every day with a gentle, sulfate-free soap. You baby it with the best conditioners. And nothing makes a difference. Your hair still looks like something out of a zombie movie.
Hard water deposits wreak havoc on our hair. Not only do the minerals get embedded into the surface of of the strands, they combine with your shampoo to make a solution that can be nearly impossible to remove completely from your hair.
Get rid of the hard water and you jut might end up with model-perfect hair. Hey, it could happen!
#4: Your dishsoap just won’t lather, even when you dump the whole bottle into the bucket. Did you know the term “hard water” is believed to have been coined as a term by the fact that it’s hard to get soap to lather in hard water? In fact, the original test for hard water was to put a drop of soap in a beaker of water, shake it, and see if it lathered. They still do this experiment in science class.
You’ve been testing every day. Do you think you have hard water?
#5: You spend a good portion of the college fund on all natural, organic, non-irritating cleansers and your baby’s skin is still itchy, rashy and dry. We have 3 words for you: Hard water dermatitis. Hard water is actually a known cause of “untreatable” dry skin. The minerals stay on the skin and irritate sensitive skin. They also make it very difficult to completely rinse cleansers from the skin, and lotions and creams may have a harder time sinking into the skin through the barrier of soap and mineral deposits. And if you have eczema or psoriasis, hard water significantly increases the irritation and itchiness associated with these conditions (read more here and here).
If you have any of these conditions, do yourself and the baby a favor and save the college fund. The most efficient, cost-effective way to resolve these issues is to test your water and treat it to get rid of the irritants. Pure and simple.
#6: Your hair is green. And it’s not even Halloween. Hard water deposits build up on your hair and can cause it to have a greenish tinge. Or turn it brassy and orange. If you have hard water, ridding your hair of those deposits is a real challenge. We’ve seen suggestions to use vinegar rinses (and smell like a salad), collect rainwater and filter it until it’s cleared of contaminants (Seriously? Who has time for THAT?) or adding alum to leach out the minerals to a bucket of water in the shower then scooping the soft water from the top to rinse your hair (Now we’re just getting ridiculous!)
Let us take care of getting rid of the minerals that are making your hair green with envy for all the people using soft water.
#7: Your home hair color came out the most startling shade of purple. Yup. Same minerals, different result. Hair color is a precise chemical process that gets seriously messed up by the minerals in hard water. Same for perms. Even if you have your hair professionally color-treated, the color likely won’t last or stay true to that salon shade for very long.
#8: Your $15 per pound coffee tastes like something scraped off the bottom of the oldest, dirtiest pot from the waiting room at your local mechanic shop. No, this is not Starbuck’s grand scheme to get you to come in and buy a cup from the cafe (Or maybe it is. Hmmmm…..) Nope, coffee tastes different made from hard water (read more here).
Use better water, get better coffee. Pure and simple.
#9: Your husband buys iced tea by the gallon because your home brew always comes out scummy and tastes awful. Ladies, it’s not your fault! Hard water causes most teas to taste bitter and and to form an “oily” scale on its surface as it cools. In fact, in ancient times, the tea scholar Lu Yu said the best water for brewing tea came from the center of a swiftly moving mountain stream. (read more here). The fact is, most specialty tea sellers recommend only brewing tea with spring water or conditioned water.
We can’t get you the flowing stream, but we can get provide you with the purest and best water possible. You’re on your own with the hub’s Stewarts’ tea addiction.
#10: Your white t-shirts are as dingy and gray as your grandma’s 20-year-old dishcloths in less than 2 months. You wash them in hot water just like your mom taught you. You use bleach. And the expensive detergent, for all the good it did you. They’re still dull and gray. You’re even thinking about getting a new washing machine. Or taking them down to the stream and beating them against a rock.
Put your money on getting rid of the correct culprit – your hard water. Until you get better water, you just won’t be able to get your clothes as clean as you’d like. But you may need to replace your washer anyway, because….
#11: You’ve had to replace your hot water heater, dehumidifier and dishwasher about 5 times in the last 10 years. Not to mention the coffee maker. And the washing machine. And what’s up with the electric bill?
Hard water is really tough on electrical appliances that use water, especially the ones that heat the water. Heat causes the minerals to come out of solution and adhere to nearby surfaces – like intake valves – in rock hard layers of mineral deposits. Eventually, the machines just give up. In the meantime, your electric bill goes up as their efficiency drops. It also causes serious damage to plumbing and pipes (read more here). Yes, hard water will cost you a lot of real hard cash.
If you have hard water, the only truly effective way to protect your pipes, appliances and pocketbook from damage is to get rid of the minerals in the water at the source with a home water conditioning system.
If you’re suffering from hard water issues, we’re here to help. Just call the Culligan Man (and Woman) at (518) 618-2072 and we’ll come right out and get you better water. Pure and simple.
Chris at Culligan