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What is Hard Water?

Water containing high concentrations of metals and minerals, such as calcium, manganese, and magnesium, is considered hard water. Most residents throughout Southeast Florida experience some degree of hard water due to the abundance of calcium carbonate and other metals and minerals in the limestone rock surrounding the groundwater, wells, and other water sources. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that Florida has 121 to 180 mg/L of calcium carbonate in the water. So, hard water is a common problem that affects both city water customers and private well owners.

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Do You Have Hard Water?

Even though hard water contains high concentrations of dissolved metals and minerals, the water may still look clear. Hard water may have an unpleasant taste or smell, but it’s not harmful. If you have spotty glasses and dishes and soap scum in the shower and tub, then you probably have hard water. Depending on the hardness level, you will also likely notice red-orange or black stains around the sinks, tubs, toilets, and other fixtures. These stains may also appear on your laundry. There will also likely be limescale build-up in your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances that use hot water. The limescale deposits are often the cause of plumbing and appliance-related problems requiring more frequent repairs and replacements.

Common Hard Water Symptoms

  • Spots on glassware, silverware, and dishware
  • White film on tubs and showers
  • The laundry comes out stained
  • Scaling in appliances that use water
  • Limescale build-up in plumbing
  • Water has a sour taste or bad smell
  • Frequent clogging of drains and pipes
  • Stains on faucets and appliances

Hard water is often characterized by spotty glasses and dishes that often require a rinse-aid in the dishwasher. It also requires appliances to consume more water and detergent, so you may notice higher utility bills. The mineral deposits that build-up in the water pipes degrades plumbing fixtures and appliances, requiring more frequent cleaning, repairs, and early replacement. The high concentrations of calcium in the water make it more difficult to rinse off soap and detergent causing soap scum and rings around the drain.

Hard Water Solutions

Atlantic Coast Water Clinic provides high-quality water softener systems from Kinetico customized to solve your specific hard water problems. Our quality and reliable solutions will provide clean, clear, and odor-free water throughout your house to meet your household water demands.

Water softener install in stuart flSoft water provides many benefits, including:

  • Cleaner, silkier, and softer skin and hair.
  • Brighter and cleaner laundry.
  • Spot-free glasses, dishes, and silverware without the need for a rinse-aid.
  • Enjoy better-tasting foods and beverages.
  • Eliminates stains on sinks, tubs, toilets,
    and plumbing fixtures.
  • Your appliances will last longer.
  • Reduces water and energy usage.
  • Soap and detergents rinse clean – no
    more soap scum!

Experience the difference soft water can make from Atlantic Coast Water Clinic. We solve hard water problems along the Treasure Coast, including Palm City, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Lakewood Park, Sebastian, and communities throughout Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties. Contact a professional, trained water specialist today!

Get a Free Analysis & Quote from Atlantic Coast Water Clinic for any of our solutions. Call (772) 283-4767 or use our online form at the top of the page.