Hard Water: How to Ditch the Itch

July 5, 2021

While having a well water system works for many people who live in more rural areas, it presents its own set of unique challenges. One of those challenges is dealing with hard water.

Hard water is so named because it contains excessive amounts of minerals and metals like calcium, magnesium and iron. And while your well water system filters out any physical sediment, your water still needs to be treated or softened. Because of the effects hard water can have on your appliances and your skin, you’ll need to employ a water softening system.

How hard water affects your skin and hair

Although you might not have ever given it a second thought, the quality of your water can influence your skin and hair as you use it to wash yourself. Here are some of the most common hard water effects:

  • Dry skin: You’ve probably noticed that hard water can leave stains on and around faucets and showerheads. These stains are basically traces of minerals that the water leaves behind. It can also leave a residue behind on your skin. This leftover film can clog your pores, preventing your skin’s natural oils from lubricating your skin, leading to dryness.
  • Blemishes: When hard water clogs your pores, it can also cause the buildup of oils underneath your skin, which can lead to the formation of blemishes. But blemishes aren’t the only skin problem you have to worry about when it comes to hard water.
  • Eczema: For those who have a predisposition to it, hard water can lead to not only dry skin and blemishes, but it can also result in a case of eczema. This can come in the form of breakouts, and children can be exceptionally susceptible to this itchy skin condition.
  • Lines and wrinkles: Hard water can cause a breakdown of healthy skin cells, which can lead to the loss of collagen, a special protein that facilitates the growth of fresh skin. This in turn can result in premature signs of aging in your skin, such as wrinkles and lines.
  • Frizzy hair and dry scalp: Using hard water to wash your hair can leave behind those same minerals that are harmful to your skin. The metals are harsh and can cause your hair to appear frizzy or dull after you wash it. To make matters worse, hard water can dry out your scalp, inducing or worsening dandruff. If you’ve had your hair colored or permed, hard water can nullify the effects of both those treatments as well.

What can you do?

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, you should have your water softener inspected. By doing so, you’ll be able to see whether it simply needs to be repaired, or if you need to buy a new one.

Call for water softener service today

As you can see, the effects of using hard water can be harmful not just to your faucets, but to your skin and hair as well. For your family’s sake, you should make sure your water softener system is functioning properly.

To do that, call the team at Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair. We’re dedicated to making sure the water you wash with is sanitary and safe.

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