Look Out For These Hard Water Problems


As students, we are often taught in chemistry class that a molecule of water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. However, in reality, there are actually other inorganic compounds and minerals in the tap water that we use for drinking, cooking and showering. Water with a high mineral content is referred to as hard water. These minerals get into our tap water through both natural and artificial means. With regard to the former, percolation through limestone results in the presence of calcium and magnesium in groundwater. As for the latter, corroded pipes can result in iron leaking into tap water. While hard water is generally safe to drink and use and has even been purported to have potential health benefits, they can easily cause problems as well. Below are some of the possible hard water problems.

Bacterial Contamination

Do you catch a waft of the smell of rotten eggs every time you turn on the tap? Does your drinking water taste like dirt? If your answer is yes to any of the aforementioned questions, there is a likelihood that your water is contaminated with bacteria. Bacteria reacts with magnesium to form sulfates, and that horrid, rotten egg odor is an indication of the high levels of sulfur in your water. To prevent bacteria from taking root in your water, you can consider installing the Brigade commercial water heater from Water Heating Direct. The Brigade utilizes a water treatment technology called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC), which prevents the conglomeration of sediment and scale by converting hard minerals such as calcium and magnesium into harmless, microscopic crystals.

Embarrassing Toilet Stains

Reddish-brown stains on the toilet can be particularly embarrassing as it could be perceived as an attestation of one’s poor toilet habits. However, the toilet is not the only hardware in the bathroom which is easily prone to stains. Equally susceptible are the bathtub and basin, and even the walls! This discoloration is more often than not caused by iron, which seeps from corroded pipes into your water. It is therefore of paramount importance that your pipes and plumbing appliances be made of corrosion-resistant materials. At Water Heating Direct, we make use of AquaPLEX, a revolutionary, engineered material which can withstand corrosion for years, to fabricate our water heaters. Hence, our customers can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their bathrooms will be safe from any stains, embarrassing or otherwise!

Low Water Pressure

As mentioned earlier, minerals such as calcium and magnesium can build up over time and this results in scale deposits in your plumbing. Consequently, you will then experience a drop in your home’s water pressure. Simple tasks such as doing your laundry or washing the dishes after dinner will take excruciatingly long. To compound matters, if the spouts of your shower head are also clogged with scale deposits, you will also experience low water pressure while showering. While it can be said that you are saving on water consumption, low water pressure also can take the joy out of showering. Imagine walking into your bathroom on a sweltering summer day looking for a refreshing cold shower to cool off, only to be met with a slow trickle!

If you are experiencing hard water problems, feel free to reach out to Water Heating Direct for help. We are a solution-oriented company, and our team will ensure that you are getting the best service and products.