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HOW HARD WATER NEGATIVELY IMPACTS YOUR LAUNDRY

HOW HARD WATER NEGATIVELY IMPACTS YOUR LAUNDRY Why Does my hard water make my laundry look bad? We would all like to think that we just throw the laundry in the washer and it comes out looking and feeling great. Unfortunately, there’s more to it than that.  Your home’s water quality can make a big difference on how your laundry turns out! It is convenient to blame your washer and dryer, but the real problem probably is not originating in your home–it is hard water. It does not matter if you have a well or a municipal water supply, the majority of the water in the US is considered hard. Hard water means that it contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. The presence of things like iron and manganese will make it even worse. Hard water can cause a lot of laundry problems, and problems in other parts of your home. Why Aren’t My Clothes Clean? Dissolved minerals, like calcium and magnesium, impair the effectiveness of cleaning products like laundry detergent. Soaps and detergent just do not work well in hard water. Calcium and magnesium prevent water from mixing with detergent to form a solution. First, the water has to isolate the hardness molecules before it can dissolve in the water. Thus, you have to use more soap (or shampoo or laundry detergent, or bar soap, etc.). The soap that has to bind up with the hardness creates soap curd. Who doesn’t want to take a bath in soap curd? The resulting soap curd causes a scummy, scale-like residual that sticks to shower glass, shower curtains and YOUR SKIN!  It is also left in the fabric you are laundering resulting in flat (not fluffy) and dingy clothing and towels. It will make your laundry feel stiff and flat. Your laundry will wear out sooner. Clothes Are Dull or Discolored? The soap curd will make your laundry look bad, too. Clothes and towels will wear out much more quickly and will not be as soft. The soap curd build-up in the fabric will cause it to be less fluffy, less soft, less enjoyable. Got lint? Lint is just broken clothes. As the fabric gets harder due to soap curd build up, as your clothes rub together in the dryer, they break down. That is the lint in your lint trap. Do you have other cleaning problems? Are there rust colored stains on your clothes when they come out of the washer? You may have iron in your water. You’ll likely see similar stains in sinks and toilets. You don’t have to have much iron to cause a big staining problem. Why Do My Towels and Sheets Feel Hard and Scratchy? Hard water doesn’t just make your laundry look bad, it feels bad!  Who wants hard, scratchy feeling laundry? If you want soft feeling sheets and towels, shirts and pants, you have to get the hardness out of the water. By the way, that high efficiency laundry detergent you paying extra money […]

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Did You REALLY Drink That?

Picture this: I come over with a shovel and dig a hole in your yard until I hit water. I put a screen on the end to keep the big chunks of dirt out (most people don’t like to chew their water), then I put a lid on it with a small hole in the middle and hand you a long straw. Take a sip? I doubt it. Now, I have some guys with a big drill on a truck dig a really deep hole, put a lining in the whole (the straw) with a screen on it (again, at least to keep the big chunks out), put a lid on it and run a hose to your house. Take a sip? Sure! That’s your well water now.  Now this: You have municipal water. I drop a strand of spaghetti in the water at the treatment plant. You turn on your tap. The spaghetti winds its way through pipes big and small, old and new, past tree roots, leaks and bio-film (really interesting stuff that builds up in water lines), then out it drips from your tap right into your hand. Go ahead, pop it in your mouth! No? Why not? You don’t hesitate to drink the water it was in!  We are very cavalier about our water quality. We just assume (hope really) that something as basic as our water — vital and necessary — will actually be healthy. Unless we are buying a new home almost none of us ever has our well tested (frequently required by lenders to protect their investment — not you). If no lender is involved there may be no testing. The EPA recommends annual well testing (pediatric groups recommend twice annual well tests in homes with small children). Similarly, there are contaminants in municipal water supplies that you may be sensitive to and may not want to drink. Yet, annual water quality reports, which the US EPA requires water utilities to issue, frequently line the insides of trash cans and recycling bins without ever having been read. But there are things like lead, chromium-6, radium, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), chlorine, chloramines and fluoride, to name a few, that can produce adverse health effects under certain circumstances. There things that are not even tested for, such as pharmaceuticals and pesticides, and other contaminants that could adversely affect your health, that are simply too expensive to test for or remove. More often than not, if the water is cold, doesn’t smell or have junk floating in it, we gulp it down in blissful ignorance. The Water Quality Association (WQA) recommends implementing “Final Barrier Technology” to protect yourself and family (for more information www.wqa.org or call us at 888-741-1711 or 303-728-4899). WQA defines Final Barrier Technology as devices and systems installed at the point of water use — your drinking water. Typically, it’s the least expensive part of any water treatment system. On municipal water, a point-of-use Final Barrier system can often be used alone, […]

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