Understanding the Effects of Hard Water on Your Home

'Hard water' is a term thrown around rather frequently when it comes to water filtration systems. Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water "hard." However, approximately 80% of the country has hard water, and it's important to understand the effects that hard water has on your home. Here are just a few fascinating ways hard water affects your household needs.


The hardness of water is reported in grains per gallon, milligrams per liter (mg/l), or parts per million (ppm). One grain of hardness equals 17.1 mg/l or ppm of hardness. Hard water definitely makes a difference in the ways that people wash their clothes. Clothes and fabrics laundered in hard water often deteriorate faster because you'll need to use more detergent for each load. Plus, the minerals present in hard water can easily blend with the detergent and create 'soap curds' that stick to clothes and shorten their lifespans.

"When doing laundry in hard water, soap curds lodge in fabric during washing to make fabric stiff and rough. Incomplete soil removal from laundry causes graying of white fabric and the loss of brightness in colors. A sour odor can develop in clothes. Continuous laundering in hard water can shorten the life of clothes. In addition, soap curds can deposit on dishes, bathtubs and showers, and all water fixtures," writes Brian Oram writes on Water Research Center.

Furthermore, clothes washed in hard water often have a much scratchier feel to them afterward. But by switching to a high capacity water softener, you can solve all of these issues, save money on detergent, and feel better about the clothes you wear.


Washing dishes may also be a nuisance with hard water. Your dishes will likely come out spotty whether you're washing them by hand or in the dishwasher. You'll find these spots around your shower walls, too. They can be particularly difficult to remove when hardened onto glass shower doors.

Ultimately, understanding these effects of hard water on your home can help you determine whether investing in a filtration system like a high capacity water softener may be the right choice for you. For more information about residential water softener systems, reverse osmosis systems, or portable water filtration systems, contact ABC Waters.