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What Is Hard Water and Why Is It Bad?

Did you know that hard water can be found in more than 85% of the country?
With this statistic in mind, it might not be a surprise when we tell you
that the Twin Cities are notorious for hard water presence. If you’re
thinking to yourself, “well, what is hard water and is it bad,”
we’ve got some answers for you below!

What is Hard Water?

Put simply, hard water is defined as the amount of dissolved calcium and
magnesium in the water. Water picks up minerals as it passes through rock,
sand and soil and the more minerals it picks up, the “harder”
the water.

Why is Hard Water Bad?

Don’t start worrying just yet – hard water is not necessarily bad
for your health. But it can create a number of problems throughout your
home. Here’s a quick list:

  • Clog pipes and reduce water flow

  • Dry out skin and hair

  • Reduce the lifespan of your water heater

  • Water spots or film on glasses and dishes

  • Give white clothes a yellow tint

  • Affects the taste of tea, coffee and other water-based beverages

  • Creates buildup on bathroom fixtures (shower heads and faucets).

Suspect that you have hard water in your Twin Cities – St. Paul home? We
offer a range of water softening, conditioning and quality-improving features
to help you enjoy the purest water possible. Give the experts at Hero
Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call today to find out how we can help!

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