What is Hard Water Doing to Your Washing Machine?

Hard water is a common problem throughout the United States. While it is not considered to pose a health risk, it can have devastating effects around your home. So, before you dismiss hard water as just one of those things, we’ll explore what hard water is doing to your washing machine.

The Effect of Hard Water on Your Clothing

Before we start to explore what hard water can do to your appliance, it is important to understand the effects of hard water on your clothing. Hard water contains excessive amounts of calcium, magnesium and other minerals. These minerals interfere with soap’s ability to foam up. This means that during the wash cycle, your laundry detergent cannot foam up effectively to clean your clothes. You may find yourself using more laundry detergent to compensate for this, but most machines will struggle to rinse the suds from your clothing, so you’ll be left with a residue that makes your clothes look grimy and discolored.

Additionally, hard water can cause clothing to feel harder to the touch, and you may notice the colors fade more quickly. This means that your clothing can feel uncomfortable, regardless of whether you use specialist detergents or laundry softeners.

The Effects on Your Washing Machine

The main issue with hard water and water using appliances including your washing machine is scale accumulation. The hard water minerals create scale that builds up inside the appliance, particularly around heating elements. This forces the appliance to work harder, compromising efficiency and creating additional strain on the motor and other key components. You may notice your energy bills gradually creeping up, or find yourself calling out a service technician to deal with repairs more and more frequently.

Correcting the Problem What is Hard Water Doing to Your Washing Machine

Fortunately, there is a simple way to protect your washing machine and home from the effects of hard water. Installing a whole house softener will remove the hard water minerals, providing softened water to all areas of your home. This will not only protect your washing machine and other water using appliances, but also all your fixtures. This will prevent scale from accumulating inside your plumbing pipes, causing an obstruction and reducing water flow.

A water softener will also provide a number of aesthetic benefits around your home. Your laundry detergent will be more effective when using softened water, so your clothing will feel softer and colors will remain bolder for longer. You may also notice that your skin and hair feels softer, as the soap residues can be easily rinsed from your body when bathing. So, you may find that your dry skin issues are resolved without needing to resort to expensive skin creams and beauty products.

If you would like to explore more of the benefits of softened water for your home, you should speak to a water treatment expert. A fully WQA certified professional can not only check the hardness level in your water supply, but also guide you through the range of treatment options that meet or possibly exceed the industry standards. 

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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