While magnesium has a plethora of health properties and is vital for healthy body function, high concentrations of calcium and magnesium carbonates in water have significant negative effects on your skin and household appliances. We bring you, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Scummy, clogged, wrinkled and frizzy. The noticeable effects of hard water on the skin and hair, and they include:
- Water has a tougher time forming a solution with soap resulting in a ‘scummy’ residue left behind.
- Not only does the residue clog your pipes, it also clogs your pores leading to breakouts and can worsen skin conditions like acne or eczema.
- Once pores are clogged, your natural oils can no longer be distributed and once trapped form blemishes like pimples.
- Clogged pores aside, the minerals in hard water can strip the skin from moisture, trapping natural oils so they can’t lubricate the skin resulting in dry, itchy skin.
- Minerals in hard water can form free radicals that can damage the skin and lead to fine lines and wrinkles making you look older than you really are.
- The build-up of minerals in hard water produces a film on the hair blocking moisture from penetrating. Leaving hair prone to breakage, thinning, tangles, dry scalp, dullness and frizziness. And can ultimately impact long-term hair growth.
Not only is soft water better for your skin, it also soothes your clothing, dishes and appliances. The residue left on your bathroom appliances can result in clogged up shower heads and plumbing, thus reducing pressure. Having a water softener installed in your home can ensure you use less soap to clean your body, your dishes, have better tasting water and consume less energy. And siestog, Eskom needs all the help it can get!
Your household just luurves soft water, darling. Here’s why:
Lower Water Bills
Softer water means less mineral deposits blocking pipes and a free-flowing plumbing system that isn’t under huge strain. When a system is under strain, leaks and cracked pipes soon follow and can result in thousands of litres of water loss over a year or more, resulting in higher water bills. Untreated water can also result in a malfunction in your appliances like your ice makers, dishwashers and washing machines and they will all begin to consume more energy.
Decreases Energy Costs
Hard water can impair the functionality of appliances causing processes to take much longer and use a lot more power. Remember Eskom? Water softeners can enable equipment to function at their most efficient and reduce energy costs.
How We Treat Hard Water
When it comes to water softening, we remove calcium, magnesium, and certain other metal cations from hard water through ion exchange (propelled by dissolved sodium chloride salt or brine). Softer water extends the plumbing lifetime of pipe and fittings through scale build-up reduction or elimination and reduces soap usage as soap isn’t wasted by bonding with calcium ions.
A cost-effective solution when it comes to bathing is a water softener shower head for the bath/shower. These have carbon-filled cartridges to remove minerals before the water reaches your hair.