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Learn More: Hard Water

Hard water effects nearly 90% of the United States. Learn more about what it is, and what your options are for treatment. Tier1 is here to help!

What is Hard water?

Hard water is an issue for more than 85% of the United States. Left untreated, it can dry out skin, leave deposits on fixtures and glassware, and clog pipes and other appliances. Fortunately, there are very effective treatments for hardness in your water.

Water containing high levels of dissolved minerals is considered “hard”. The higher the mineral content, the harder the water. Common hard water minerals are calcium, magnesium, manganese, calcite, gypsum, and dolomite.

What is Scale?

A common sign of hard water is the buildup of scale deposits. A hard, thick coating of calcium carbonate, scale is often found on heating elements, plumbing fixtures, and water appliances.. This can also cause problems in laundry, kitchen, and bath.

Where does hardness come from?

Hard water is often created when ground water passes through soil with high concentrations of calcium and magnesium. Areas that contain large amounts of limestone are particularly susceptible. As water travels through soil and rock, it dissolves small amounts of minerals and carries them into the groundwater supply. If these minerals are in the soil around a well, the hard water may be delivered to homes.

Symptoms of Hard Water

  • Scale builds up in plumbing systems, including pipes, faucets, appliances, and water heaters. As scale increases, pipes can become clogged and damaged, decreasing flow rates and ultimately leading to pipe replacement.
  • After laundering, clothes look dingy and can be harsh and scratchy. Repeated laundering in hard water will ruin fibers and shorten the life of clothes by up to 40 percent.
  • Showers leave sticky soap buildup on the skin. The film inhibits the removal of soil and bacteria. Over time, this can lead to skin irritation. Soap buildup on hair causes it to look dull, damaged, and lifeless.
  • Glassware and other utensils show spotting and filming. Heated dry cycles in automatic dishwashers can increase the amount of film on flatware, drinkware, and utensils.
Testing and Solutions

Water test kits are available to test the hardness in your water. Once a level of hardness has been established, you can choose between a salt-based water softener and a salt-free water conditioner to resolve the issue of hard water in your home.

For more information, contact our Customer Service team.
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