Our water problems go beyond the health risks and affect our appliances, plumbing and ability to clean. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium, lime and iron contribute to Edmonton water hardness. They bond with other metals, including the pipes that run to our:
Furthermore, cleaning surfaces with hard water can leave mineral buildup and residue behind and even damage metal surfaces. When the minerals react with soap, soap scum forms. The same reaction can prevent laundry detergent from working as well, defeating the purpose of washing linens and clothes.
When you have hard water, you end up using more soap to get things properly clean. Hard water affects the ability for soap to lather, so you end up using more dish washing soap, shampoo, hand soap, etc. This can all add up costs and environmental impacts over time.
Hard water also strips your skin of its natural moisture barrier and leaves it very dry. This results in you using more lotions to keep your skin hydrated and it can aggravate existing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.