Most water contains more than water. Almost all of the water found in the U.S. is hard water. Hard water is water that is contaminated with dissolved minerals – like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, lead and limestone – that can have a negative impact on you, your household and your pocketbook. Depending on where you live, contaminants from sewage, industrial waster and agricultural run-off can also seep into your water supply.
If there are stains or buildup on your sink and bathtubs… if you have to use large amounts of soap to clean the dishes or wash your hair… or if your water tastes or smells odd, you probably have hard water. If left untreated, the minerals in hard water will cause yellow stains on plumbing fixtures and be deposited as scale, eventually clogging the plumbing and shortening the life of appliances like washing machines, water heaters and dishwashers. Scale deposits not only cut down on the efficiency of the appliances, they cost you money, increasing both energy and maintenance bills.