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Ask a Plumber: Is Hard Water Dangerous?

November 25, 2013

Is hard water dangerous? Hard water refers to water that contains an excess amount of minerals, typically calcium and magnesium. It?s not usually harmful to your health, and you can drink and even bathe in it without any immediate adverse effects. While ?dangerous? is going a bit too far, however, hard water can have long-term effects that are less than ideal.

The most immediate effects of hard water are the slow build-up of deposits in your sinks and plumbing. You can spot the most obvious signs in the hard, crusty deposits on your sink or shower head. A good cleanser can remove those deposits in the outside of your plumbing, but not on the inside, where that build-up can severely restrict the flow of water.

Moreover, hard water can cause irritation to some people with sensitive skin. It can also impact the flavor and taste of food when you cook with it. Clothes washed in hard water tend to fade more quickly than those cleaned without, and can take on a rough feeling when worn. None of these things are dangerous or even harmful, but they do impact your quality of life and can end up requiring significant repairs if left untreated.

Luckily, Cary, NC plumbers have a solution: installing a whole-house water filtration system to eliminate the minerals that cause hard water. With it, your clothes will be cleaner and after, you food will taste better, your showers will be more refreshing and your plumbing system will last longer without the need for repairs. Is hard water dangerous? No, but that doesn?t mean you should let it be. The experts at JD Service Now can help install a permanent solution to hard water problems. Give us a call to make an appointment today!

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