14 Mar 2017

Hard, Cold Facts: Hard water effects and what it does to your home

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According to the US geological survey, hard water can be found in more than 85% of households in the US. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium that water picks up as it runs through rock surfaces. These minerals become deposits that build up on surfaces such as pipes, fixtures, hair, skin and laundry, just to name a few. Hard water makes it difficult for laundry detergents and soaps to latherleaving hair, skin and laundry dry and scratchy. Hard water makes utility bills more expensive due to accumulated scale in the water heater, causing it to run harder to keep warm. It wears the life out of our clothes and affects the taste of our coffee and tea. Water plays an important role in our health and comfort and when you have hard water, it can make things harder, no pun intended.

These hard, cold facts don’t have to be as harsh as hard water is though. There are ways you can improve the quality of your water while softening it up a bit. At McGowan Water, we start with and provide free water testing to evaluate your water and recommend treatment options for your home and/or business. Sometimes a simple water filtration system like our Iron Curtain for a rural setting or a twin tank for a larger home can help solve your hard water headaches.


At McGowan Water, the added benefit of working with us is we can not only provide you with the right products but we can also install and service them quickly when needed. We also offer softener salt delivery to keep your water softener stocked and lets you skip the hassle of purchasing and hauling salt bags every month.

We want you to enjoy the softer side of life, things don’t have to be so hard and scratchy all the time. Softer hair. Softer towels. Cleaner dishes. Cleaner pipes. Happier water heaters and lower utility bills. These are the little things that really do make a difference. That’s what we’re here forhelping you have clean water for healthy living.  

Mother sitting on side of tub with son (6-8) in bath tub and with dog