When it comes to issues with hard water, most people focus on how it affects the home. It can damage your appliances, make cleaning more difficult, or leave your glassware looking cloudy. While these are legitimate concerns, you might not be aware of the health problems caused by hard water.
Health authorities will say no significant health risks are associated with drinking hard water. However, that does not mean there are no effects on human health. This post will cover some ways hard water can negatively influence human health.
Dry skin is a common issue for people who live in areas with hard water. The dryness alone can be irritating and cause the skin to feel itchy. The problem can be even worse for people with sensitive skin or issues like eczema.
Hard water won’t directly lead to issues with thinning hair, but it can contribute to the problem. The high mineral content can dry your hair and make it feel rougher. It will also make the hair more brittle and prone to breakage. Hard water can also lead to dryness and irritation of the scalp.
There are indications that water hardness can contribute to issues with kidney dysfunction. The risk is low for most people, but it could be an issue for some. There is also research to indicate that hard water can increase the risk of kidney stones for some people.
Hard water can affect the function of your digestive system in extreme cases. High levels of certain minerals can have a laxative effect on the bowels. For some people, this might cause occasional bouts of diarrhea. However, this effect could be beneficial for people with chronic constipation issues.
While hard water is safe for most people, it can cause problems for others. Beyond that, you also have the ways it can damage appliances and plumbing. It can also have significant effects on clothes and dishes.
Installing a water softener is the most effective method to address hard water. If you are suffering from any health effects mentioned in this post, a water softener can make a big difference.
Contact Red Rock Water Systems to learn more about water softeners. With over 20 years of experience, we are a name you can trust. We would also be happy to offer a free estimate for installing a water softener in your home.
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