If you live in the Region of Waterloo or around Brant County, then the answer is yes. Most of the cities and towns around the region have water containing over 20 grains of hardness per Gallon. As you can see by the list below, that is extremely hard water.
Water Hardness Range Classification
Soft 0 – 1 grains per gallon
Slightly Hard 1 – 3.5 grains per gallon
Moderately Hard 3.5 – 7.0 grains per gallon
Hard 7.0 – 10.5 grains per gallon
Very Hard over 10.5 grains per gallon
What is Hard Water?
Hard water results from high levels of calcium and magnesium in your water supply. It is the most common water problem in North America.
Is Hard Water harmful?
Generally, hard water is safe for consumption. However, it can be very detrimental to appliances, hot water heaters, faucets & plumbing, costing consumers thousands of dollars a year in repairs and replacement costs.
Hard water requires you to use more soap and cleaning products.
Studies show you use up to eight times more soap with hard water than with soft water and things aren’t as clean. The minerals in hard water cling to soap particles, sticking to everything and leaving behind soap scum and bathtub rings. Your TA Appliance Specialist can show you how a water softener can mean less time scrubbing your bathroom appliances and fixtures. By reducing soap and detergent use, you will not only save time and money, but the environment as well. Most detergent is petroleum-based. Imagine a planet with less of the six billion dollars worth of laundry detergent we pour down our drains every year!
Hard water leaves spots on your dishes, glassware and other household surfaces.
If your dishwasher leaves spots, it’s not your soap, it’s your water. Hard water minerals cling to glasses for all to see. Don’t change your soap, change your water! Your TA Appliance Specialist can show you how a water softener can help you reduce your dishwasher detergent use and eliminate spots on your glasses.
Hard water leads to higher electric and gas bills.
Over time the heating elements in your water heater get coated with minerals from your hard water. In many cases they can form a thick pile of mineral sludge in the bottom of your water heater. That sludge covers the heating element reducing its efficiency. The sludge can also cause the heating element to fail, requiring expensive repairs.
Hard water shortens the life of your appliances.
Hard water minerals coat everything. In dishwashers they coat the heating element, plug the wash mechanisms and shorten the life of the appliance. They cause similar problems in dishwashers, washing machines and even coffee pots! Eliminate hard water minerals and increase the life of your appliances with a water softener.
Many Municipalities provide their residents with information on water hardness. The Region of Waterloo has a great resource web site about Hard Water and Water Softeners.
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