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Why Is Hard Water A Problem?


The Challenges Of Living With Hard Water


Certain areas of our land are affected by hard water. Those who live in these areas are aware that there is a unique set of challenges that comes with living in one of these regions or cities. Exactly why is hard water a problem? We list below some of the challenges that people who live in these areas face, and examine what can be done to prevent the problems from negatively affecting your lifestyle. If you live in the Kitchener - Waterloo, Cambridge or Guelph areas, check your water here.


What Makes Water Hard?

In some areas, there are larger quantities of calcium, magnesium, and other types of alkalines in the water system. The levels of minerals in the water can be measured scientifically. Simply by determining the level of pH in the water, tests will show what level of hardness the water attains. Another measurement frequently used is the ppm or (parts per million) measurement scale. The higher the number, the harder the water. 

Hard Water Build Up On Tap


What Problems Does Hard Water Cause?



Bathing becomes more difficult and more expensive as larger quantities of soap, detergent, shampoos, conditioners, and other cleaning agents are required to combat the hardness.


Dishwashers, Washing Machines, And Other Appliances

The increased amount of minerals in the water can play havoc with your appliances, shortening their lives. This is because they clog up the appliances, making them work harder.



Hard water can cause excessive buildup in sinks, toilet bowls, bathtubs, taps, tiles and other kitchen and bathroom areas. This buildup is unsightly and very difficult to remove.



Hard water tends to make clothes appear greyer and dingy. It can also cause them to become irritating and scratchy. If you do your laundry with untreated hard water, it may cause your clothes to deteriorate more quickly. The damaging effects of the hard water may reduce your clothes lifespan by as much as 40 percent.


Limescale in Solar Heating Systems

If you own a swimming pool that is warmed by a solar heating system, the hard water in your area could cause a damaging limescale buildup. This will affect the unit's ability to heat your pool properly and shorten its lifespan.


Water Heater And Plumbing Problems

The buildup of hard water mineral deposits in your plumbing can reduce water flow as the pipes narrow over time.

Heating bills may increase by as much as 25 percent as these

deposits damage your water heater. In addition, the increased

mineral buildup may erode your pipes, causing them to leak or

burst, causing flooding and water damage.



Watersmart and Hard Water


Watersmart provides a series of water softeners for home installation. A water softener reduces the level of water hardness, easing or eliminating hard water problems. With softened water, you will notice that you require less soap for bathing and laundry. You will be pleased to discover that your skin feels cleaner and clothing softer. You can feel confident that your pipes, fixtures and appliances will have considerably less scale buildup. With less buildup, appliances can operate efficiently.  Expect there to be fewer deposit stains on bathroom fixtures, and any mineral-derived odours may be reduced. 




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