People in areas all over the U.S. have to deal with hard water. This water has an abundance of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which doesn't typically cause health issues, but can be very inconvenient in many areas. For example, hard water makes it difficult wash your hair and body in the shower, and can cause damage to pipes and plumbing and a strange taste in your water. Luckily, there are a few ways to combat the effects of hard water in all aspects of your life. Here are a few options:
Your hair never feels clean
A common complaint about hard water is the fact that the minerals leave a residue in your hair, causing it to be limp and flat. Shampoos marketed to swimmers and apple cider vinegar are a couple of the best options for removing those minerals from your hair and giving it life again. However, they're drying, so limit your use of them to once or twice a week. You don't want to trade limp hair for broken hair!
Buildup on appliances
Have you ever had to throw a coffee maker out after it got too clogged with mineral buildup? A common complaint for people with hard water is the fact that their appliances regularly get clogged. White vinegar and specific coffee maker cleaning products are both effective options. For tea kettles, simply boil and swish some vinegar around to remove the sediment stuck to the sides. Showerheads can easily fall victim to the effects of hard water. To get your showerhead working like new all you need is an old rag, Channellock pliers, a bowl of vinegar, and a toothbrush. Follow our step by step tutorial video for a quick DIY fix.
Many people with hard water find that their water pressure begins to dwindle. This is because these mineral deposits are stuck inside the pipes. It usually takes a while for people to notice a difference, and by the time you do, it is necessary to call a plumber to get the pipes checked out. If you are a homeowner, have your local Boston Roto-Rooter check your plumbing system checked for hard water damage each year.