The team of professionals at Houston Water Solutions has nearly a decade of experience helping homeowners in Texas eliminate one of the most bothersome problems of Lone Star State life–hard, unconditioned water. What problems does hard water create and why does Houston Water Solutions work so hard to help get rid of it? Find out in the following Q&A.
Q: How is hard water defined?
Houston Water Solutions: Hard, unconditioned water is simply a way to describe water that contains undesirable mineral deposits of magnesium and calcium.
Q: Are there different levels of hardness?
Houston Water Solutions: Yes, water hardness testing kits categorize water as soft, hard, seriously hard, and very hard. The majority of Texas lands squarely in the “very hard” water category.
Q: How can I determine if my home is in a hard water region?
Houston Water Solutions: The US Geological Survey offers maps free of charge online at USGS.gov that provide a clearer picture of hard water areas throughout the United States. Without even looking, however, it is not difficult to determine if you’re in one of the hardest hit areas. Hard, unconditioned water makes itself known in a number of unusual ways.
Q: Will hard water affect my family’s bathing and hygiene routine?
Houston Water Solutions: Unfortunately, yes. The harder the water, the less soaps and detergents will lather and rinse. This can leave an invisible layer of leftover soap residue on the skin and hair.
Q: Since hard water reduces the effectiveness of cleaning products, how does that impact our budget?
Houston Water Solutions: Texas residents without a water softening system use up to 50% more cleaning products every time they clean their homes. This includes bathroom cleaners, soaps, and laundry detergent. The average family spends more than $500 each month on cleaning supplies, so a 50% savings can add up quickly.
Q: Is hard water dangerous to consume?
Houston Water Solutions: There isn’t any concrete evidence that drinking mineral-heavy water is dangerous, though there have been a number of studies which have found a potential link between hard water consumption and cardiovascular disease. So why chance it?
Q: How much does the Pro Elite cost to operate?
Houston Water Solutions: The Pentair Pro EliteTM costs pennies a day to provide your entire home with the best water you’ve ever known. When installed by Houston Water Solutions, your unit is backed by both a Pentair warranty and by the word of your friends and neighbors, our founder and staff, who believe that all Texans deserve to enjoy their homes to the fullest, starting in the kitchen and bath.