Shower fixtures with soap scum and scaling are common indicators of hard water in bathrooms. This residue, however, is not the end of hard water's effects in your shower. It may surprise you to learn that hard water in your shower can have an impact on the health of your hair and skin.
When groundwater passes through the Earth's soil, it becomes hard water. Water picks up mineral ions as it passes through soil that is rich in minerals. Calcium and magnesium, which are typically found in chalky soil and limestone, are the most common minerals found in hard water, although it can also contain other minerals like iron and manganese. The final mineral content of hard water is determined by the soil surrounding the municipal water source.
Hard water's mineral content varies and is measured in grains per gallon (GPG). The level of hardness is graded on a sliding scale from "soft" to "very hard."
When having a shower with hard water vs. soft water, there are significant distinctions. Hard water contains minerals that coat the surfaces of everything it comes into contact with, including faucets, shower heads, and shower doors, as well as your hair and skin.
Let's look at the differences in the impact of showering in hard vs. soft water.
· Soap scum is one of the most common side effects of hard water in the shower. It has a white or chalky appearance, a hard texture, and is formed by a reaction between soap and the calcium and magnesium ions found in hard water. As a result, an insoluble substance coats hard surfaces (e.g., shower head, handles, tub, and shower door).
· Hard water can aggravate or cause dry skin and hair, and it can even cause or worsen eczema. Hard water minerals can also alter the pH balance of your skin, making it less effective as a barrier against harmful bacteria and infections. Soft water is better for your hair and skin, and soap lathers better in soft water than hard water.
How can I soften the water in my shower?
It's time to think about softening your shower water if you're weary of dry, itchy skin, lifeless hair, and water marks on your shower doors and walls.
· Installing a shower head water filter is one of the choices. If this is the path you want to take, be wary of shower filters that claim to soften water but don't actually modify it chemically.
· Aside from installing a shower head filter, you could try adding bath salts or baking soda to your baths to combat the drying effects of hard water, but then you'd be bathing rather than showering.
But these solutions will not help you with any of the other problems caused by hard water. If you're experiencing the negative effects of hard water, such as clothes that look dingy and feel rough after washing, limescale deposits in your bathroom, and water stains on your dishes, installing a shower head water filter won't help.Rather than attempting to cut corners when dealing with water hardness in your home, consider installing a whole-house water softener system that will provide long-term results.
A NETSOL water softener, for example, can aid in the elimination of hard water issues throughout your home. A water softener removes hard water minerals at the point where all water enters your home, ensuring that your entire home, not just the shower, is treated.
The filters of water softener have filled the negatively charged resin beds in the softener whenever the water passes through it. This causes the hard minerals to adhere to the surface of the resin beds, where they are drained away by the salty rinse water. The softened water flows out, where it is further treated with sodium ions. So, this is how the water softening process works in NETSOL WATER water softeners.