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What is Hard Water?
WHITE CRUSTY BUILDUP is a dead giveaway of calcium, also known as hard water. It is the most common water quality problem reported by consumers throughout the United States. Hard water is responsible for the soap-scum buildup on shower walls. Vigorous scrubbing needed to remove it can damage the fiberglass and tiles. Hard water also leaves a film on your skin and hair. People with dry skin problems can often find relief when the mineral is removed. Hair washed in soft water becomes noticeably softer and silkier. The amount of house-wide soap usage is dramatically increased in hard water, increasing the household budget, and taxing the septic system as well. Hard water also causes scaling inside plumbing, as well as teapots and coffee makers. A very costly problem, indeed!

How Hard is Your Water?
Soft Water
0 to 1/2 grains per gallon

Slightly Hard Water
1/2 to 3 1/2 grains per gallon

Moderately Hard Water
3 1/2 to 7 grains per gallon

Hard Water
7 to 10 grains per gallon

Extremely Hard Water
Over 10 1/2 grains per gallon

Source:  Water Quality Association
Consequences of Hard Water
  • Pipes become clogged with scale
  • Dishes and glasses become coated with minerals
  • Tubs, sinks, showers and fixtures become crusted with hard to remove deposits
  • Dull, lifeless hair
  • Itchy, scaling skin
  • Increase expenses for cleaning products
  • Extra time and energy devoted to cleaning

Benefits of Softened Water 
  • Scale in pipes, water heaters and other appliances
  • Mineral spots on glasses and dishes
  • Hard water stains, scum and scale on sinks, tubs, toilets and showers
  • Dull-looking, dry hair
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Rough feeling clothes and dull colors after washing
  • The use of soap, detergents and cleaning products - and your time - to get things truly clean
Yes, different color water stains can be clues to the problem at hand, but an analysis by a trained AFC professional is always recommended. A water treatment system can then be designed to meet your individual needs.