What is Hard Water

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What is Hard Water?


Hard Water stains on a gless


The term hard water refers to a high mineral content. While it’s not an actual health risk, this particular type of water can be problematic. This is especially true for those individuals using well water. 

Lime Scale


Hard water calcium build up inside a kettle


The build-up of lime scale is primarily caused by the calcium carbonate. Calcium is naturally absorbed by water as it streams over land and through rocks. When exposed to heat, from your water heater or stove top, the calcium molecules begin to accumulate. When the water evaporates, the crusty, white mineral deposits are left behind.

The amount of mineral content that water contains determines the hardness level of the water. Although the mineral content of household potable water is usually not harmful it can be problematic and undesirable.

Problems Caused by Hard Water


Hard water stains on a sink


Hard water can cause problems because it reacts with cleaning products, creates lime scale build-up, and can wear down fixtures and appliances quicker than soft water. The minerals in hard water may make cleaning products less effective so it makes cleaning more difficult. The build-up of those minerals on dishes, clothing, fixtures, and even skin and hair can take their toll over time.  Magna-Tek’s simple AquaMagna magnetic water treatment system can help alleviate these hard water problems without the need for a salt water softener. 

Hard Water Plumbing Problems


Hard Water calcification on a heating element


 The build-up on tubs, shower, sinks, and faucets caused by hard water are only part of the problem. The minerals in hard water also start to build up inside pipes, fixtures and appliances over time. The build-up we don’t see can start to cause all sorts of plumbing problems like reduced water flow, clogs and increased stress on pipes and fixtures. The mineral deposits can cause appliances to operate less efficiently and wear down faster. Just imagine, the water heater has to heat all of the scale build up as well as the water. Overall, hard water results in less efficient plumbing and more repairs over time.