We’ll Take Care of Your Hard Water Problems Today
Did you know? About 85% of homes in the United States are affected by hard water! When left untreated, it can have a negative impact on the effectiveness of appliances and detergents, your overall hygiene and well-being, and your pocketbook! Call Integrity Home Solutions today to test and treat your water supply.
What Is Hard Water? How Does It Happen?
Hard water is caused by high mineral counts in your water. When water travels to the treatment plant or local well, it picks up calcium and magnesium from soil and rocks. Once the water reaches your home and evaporates, it leaves behind mineral deposits.
These mineral deposits are called scale — the white, crusty buildup around the mouth of your faucets and showerheads, along shower walls and toilet bowls, and in water-dependent appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine. Scale buildup can be so extreme that it clogs your pipes and appliances!
Are you seeing spots of scale? Integrity Home Solutions can help get rid of them. Give us a call!
The Cost Of Hard Water
You may not realize this, but hard water is quite costly and can wreak havoc on your utility bills.
When scale buildup is in your pipes, it slows the efficiency of your water-dependent appliances. Because extra energy is required for your water heater to function, the flow of water to your dishwasher and washing machine slows down.
Check out these stats…
- On average, 29% more energy is used to heat your water if you have hard water.
- If you have hard water, the lifespan of your home appliances decreases by 30% to 50%.
- Over a 10-year period, your water bills will be $1,500 higher if you have hard water.
- Annual costs for laundry detergent, bath and kitchen soaps, etc. increases by $100 if you don’t have a water softener.
How Can I Handle Hard Water?
Fortunately, there are temporary DIY solutions to treat hard water issues at home. Use vinegar and lemon juice to remove stains, spots and scale buildup. Commercial chemical cleaners can help eliminate scale buildup, but lemon juice and vinegar are preferred for their non-toxic components.
The acidity of both vinegar and lemon juice can cut through the minerals left behind by hard water. You can create your own solution of 50-50 water and vinegar/lemon juice to spot treat affected areas (best for shower doors and faucets). To make an even more powerful scrub, add baking soda to the solution (best for bathtubs and sinks).
Permanently fix all your hard water problems by installing a water softener. The financial impact of hard water adds up quickly! If you want a permanent fix, invest in a water softener which will eliminate your water issues and distribute soft water throughout your home. It’s so easy! The only maintenance involved is monitoring the salt levels and conducting routine maintenance checks.
We Can Handle The Hard Water
Are you tired of living with hard water? The plumbing experts at Integrity Home Solutions can help! Call (813) 531-9480 today for additional information on our water softeners or to schedule an installation for your home. We serve all of Tampa Bay including Brandon, Tampa, Valrico and Town n’ Country.