Mornings are tough, but they're even more challenging in the winter when it's ice-cold in your room but toasty warm under the blankets. Unfortunately, getting out of bed is a required part of the human experience. On the bright side, another part of the human experience is a fresh pot of coffee to help you wake up.
Now, not everyone makes a perfect cup of coffee or knows how to make beautiful creations with their latte foam, but we can all make a decent tasting cup of coffee. Or at least we should be able to.
However, if you find yourself drinking mediocre coffee on a daily basis, no matter how many times you switch up the beans or change the brew time, you might have another problem on your hands. You might have hard water.
That's right, your home's hard water could be ruining your coffee and impacting so much more.
What is Hard Water?
Simply put, hard water is water with a high mineral content; it specifically contains higher amounts of calcium and magnesium than is usual. Typically, water becomes hard as it travels through the ground and comes into contact with these minerals, picking them up along the way. While water hardness does not impact your health, it certainly makes its presence known in other areas of your life.
If you're looking for a brief rundown of how untreated water can impact your home, check out this graphic:
However, if you'd like a more detailed description of the impact of hard water on your home, keep reading:
Your water heater will be impacted by hard water, whether it has a storage tank or is tankless and whether it's electric-powered or gas-powered. Over time, the minerals in hard water build up, creating limescale. This limescale solidifies on either the gas burners or the electric heating element, which creates an additional barrier between the heat and water, forcing your water heater to work harder than is necessary. This decreases the efficiency of your water heater and increases the cost of operation.
The minerals in hard water prevent your laundry detergent from forming a lather. This leaves your laundry feeling grimey, even after it's been cleaned. Additionally, this residue will also make your clothing feel scratchy and stiff, and overall less desirable to wear.
While consuming hard water doesn't negatively impact your health, contact with it does take its toll on your body. Like the residue left on your clothes after washing, your skin and hair will experience this same effect. The soap mixes with the minerals in the water and leaves a film on your skin and hair, which leaves your skin feeling very dry and itchy, and your hair feels brittle.
How to Eliminate Hard Water
In order to effectively eliminate minerals and other contaminants from your home's water supply, you'll need to install a water treatment system. A water treatment system will continuously remove minerals and other debris from your water before it ever reaches the water heater, faucet, or washing machine.
There are many treatment systems to consider, which is why we recommend reaching out to a water specialist to make sure you're getting the right one for your home and your needs. At Monkey Wrench Plumbing, we understand the unique challenges that Los Angeles homeowners face, which is why we're equipped to address and handle every situation. To learn more about what a water treatment system can do for you, visit our website or call us at (310) 773-3882.