What is Hard Water & How does it Affect Me?

Coastal Carolina Water is no stranger to hard water and the trouble it can cause. A very common problem, hardness can be found in more than 85% of the country’s water.

It is formed when the water filters through calcium or magnesium, acquiring chalk and limestone deposits. When this occurs, the water is infused with lots of minerals which can change the composition and cause residual effects.

When the volume of these minerals increases, the following side effects are seen:

  • Potential skin infections caused by soap scum bacteria remaining trapped in pores
  • Clogged pipes from build-up of minerals
  • Reduced efficiency of water heaters due to build-up of minerals
  • Dingy, yellowed clothing with soapy residue that will require extra rinsing
  • Reduced cleaning power & lather of soap
  • Soap scum in sinks
  • Bathtub rings
  • Spots on dishes & shower doors

So what does all that boil down to? If you are connected to a public water supply or well, hard water can wreak havoc on the plumbing at your home or business. Water is considered hard when it exceeds 3 grains per gallon (GPG).

If you suspect that you have hard water, contact Coastal Carolina Water in OBX, NC for a free water test. If your water is found to be hard we can soften it with our ion exchange water softener system, which swaps the hardening minerals (calcium & magnesium) with softening minerals (sodium & potassium).

This exchange of minerals softens the water and can extend the life of your plumbing system by reducing the build-ups in pipes and water heaters. As an added bonus, your dishes will get a lot cleaner a lot quicker, and your clothes will be bright and fresh once again.

Contact us today for a free water test for your Outer Banks or Hampton Roads home or business, and stay hydrated this summer with Coastal Carolina Water in Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde & Tyrrell counties.