You may have heard the term “hard water,” but do you know what it actually means? If you live in an area where the water has a high mineral content, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with all the issues it can pose so you can mitigate costly problems down the road. 

Questions About Hard Water Answered

What is hard water?

Hard water is water that contains more than a trace amount of minerals. The two most common minerals found in hard water are calcium and magnesium. These minerals are already present in groundwater, which picks them up as it travels through rock.

Minerals can also find their way into water through plumbing fixtures. For example, calcium scale can develop on pipes over time and then dissolve into the water that passes through. 

How can I tell if my home has hard water?

If you notice ugly, brown rings forming in the tub or toilet, hard water may be to blame. Mineral deposits may leave a white or chalky residue on your dishes, as well, and damage the linens that you run through the washing machine.

If you’re using quality laundry detergent, for example, and following all manufacturer’s instructions, but your clothes are still coming out faded, rough, or dull, you may need to install a water softener. 

Is hard water safe to drink?

hard waterFortunately, hard water is relatively safe to drink. If your family drinks tap water, there’s little risk, as long as their calcium intake remains below 2500 mg a day.

Since minerals can give water an unappetizing taste, though, you may want to take steps to soften the water that comes out of the tap. 

How can I combat hard water?

The easiest and most effective way to combat hard water is by installing a water softener in your home. This whole-house filtration system removes calcium and magnesium before the water reaches the faucet, thereby preventing all the issues that come with hard water.

Through a process called ion exchange, water softeners essentially strip away calcium and magnesium with the help of sodium. 



If your home has hard water, turn to the experts at The Water Source for a lasting solution. Located in Wappingers Falls, NY, this company is comprised of licensed plumbers and certified water operators who have been serving individuals and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley area for more than 30 years. To learn more about their broad range of water softeners, visit their website. To schedule a free water analysis, call (845) 297-1600.