Hard Water Solutions in Maryland
We Treat Hard Water throughout Annapolis, Gaithersburg, Edgewater, Glenwood & More!
Have you noticed that your clothes or dishes have become harder to scrub clean or that there’s more soap scum around your water fixtures like sinks and showers? These are all signs that you may have hard water in your pipes. Hard water makes daily chores like doing the laundry or taking a shower more troublesome since soap becomes more difficult to wash out. How should you solve this inconvenience? The easiest way is to call your local water experts to have them test for hard water and provide a water softening service to your water system.
To learn more about our water softening in Maryland, give us a call at 877-677-9275 or contact us online today.
What Is Hard Water?
Hard water is water with high mineral content. This occurs when your water supply has additional amounts of calcium and magnesium carbonates. These minerals prevent soap from lathering properly and often leave a white residue behind. It is important to have this issue addressed by a professional because hard water can damage water heaters.
Signs of Hard Water
Now that you know what hard water is, how can you detect it? Here are some of the most common signs of hard water that you should be on the lookout for:
- Laundry that produces stiff or scratchy clothing
- Spots on dishes and glasses after being cleaned
- Mineral buildup around water fixtures
- Soap scum buildup around bathtubs and showers
- Issues with your water heater’s performance
If you have noticed any of the above signs in your home or commercial building, then you may have a hard water issue on your hands. Luckily, this problem can be fixed with a simple water softening solution from Water Doctor’s team of professionals.
Call us today at 877-677-9275 to schedule your service.
How to Treat Hard Water
If you’re trying to treat hard water in your home yourself, you can try taking the following steps as temporary solutions:
- Place small fixtures that are covered in buildup into a bowl of hot, vinegar to dissolve the calcium deposit.
- Reduce the temperature of the heater. Running hot water through your water heater can actually contribute to hard water stains and mineral buildup.
- To minimize hard water deposits on dishes and glassware, use a rinse aid.
The solution we recommend, though, is calling our team of experienced professionals. We can install a water softener to fully fix the problem.
How Water Softeners Work
In order to remove the calcium and magnesium minerals from your water supply, a water softener uses “resins” to attract these minerals. Periodically, the water softener uses a brine solution to clean out the water softener system (a process known as regeneration). During this phase, salt ions force the magnesium and calcium off the resin bed and are flushed out to drain.
Is Softened Water Bad for You?
The public has been largely misled about sodium in softened water. While a softener does use sodium chloride to rinse the minerals out of the resin bed, very little sodium is left in the treated water. Water containing 8-10 gpg of hardness has 30-50 mg per liter sodium when treated with a softener. This means you may consume four 8-ounce glasses of water and ingest only 30-50 mg. Compare that to one tablespoon of salad dressing at 170 mg, or 1 tablespoon of coffee creamer with 30 mg.
Softened water isn’t something that will harm your health unless you are on a sodium-restricted diet. The elevated level of sodium in your water may taste funny to you or elevate sodium levels if consumed on a regular basis.
Hard Water Treatment from Maryland’s Water Experts
Do you need to schedule hard water treatment for your Maryland home or business? Water Doctor is here to help! We have been proudly serving Maryland’s neighborhoods since 1979. Our team has the experience and equipment needed to provide expert water solutions when you need it most.
We specialize in providing hard water solutions throughout Maryland, including the following areas:
- Ellicott City
- Glen Arm
- Hunt Valley
- Owings Mills
- Shady Side
- Sparks Glencoe
- West Friendship
- West River
- Anne Arundel County
- Howard County
- Baltimore County
- Frederick County
- Montgomery County
- Carroll County
- Charles County
- Calvert County
- Queen Anne's County
- Harford County