Many homes have naturally hard water and contain high amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Some people can use this type of water with no issues, but others may notice related health problems in their daily lives. Here are three potential effects you may face.
How Hard Water Can Affect Your Health
1. Dry, Itchy Skin
When using soap with hard water, it doesn’t create a lather because the water contains too much calcium and magnesium to bond with the soap. After washing, you may feel scummy or like you haven’t fully removed the layer of soapy residue.
Your skin might dry out, often becoming itchy after a few washes. Many people also experience scalp dryness caused by hard water exposure.
Installing a water softener will remove the soluble salts and make it possible to create soapy lathers. After washing with this water, you will feel clean and fresh, and be less likely to have to moisturize your skin to restore hydration.
2. Hair Problems
Hard water has a high amount of calcium, magnesium, and sulfate. One study found that individuals exposed to hard water are more likely to have weaker hair and more hair breakage.
Hair washed with hard water is often dry and brittle because it discourages the natural oils to moisturize the hairs closest to the scalp, making them more likely to break off or fall out.
Most people need four to six cups of water per day. Many families struggle to drink enough water when their tap water is hard. The minerals can make the water taste different, smell sulfuric, and look a little discolored, which can deter people from drinking it.
Don’t force yourself to drink the tap water. Install a water softener to remove the unpleasant taste, smell, and coloring so that you can enjoy tasteless, fresh water from the faucets in your home.
If you’re interested in water filtration, treatment, or softener installation, contact The Water Source in Hudson Valley, NY, to set up a complimentary water analysis. The expert team has over 25 years of experience providing safe drinking water for residential and commercial clients. Call (845) 297-1600 or visit the website for information on their maintenance plans to keep your tap water safe and delicious for years.