Written on: November 21, 2022
More than half of Maine homes rely on private, residential wells for the water they use in their homes.
While the water coming from the well on your property may look, taste, and smell fine, there may be contaminants in it that make it unsafe to drink, such as radon, E.coli, coliform, and arsenic. Another problem is that many homes with a well also have hard water.
If you’re looking to improve the water quality in your home, AFC is here to help with water treatment system installation and service. Our service technicians and plumbers are all licensed, skilled, and experienced, and our water treatment work is backed up by our Comfort Guarantee.
Since hard water is not the only issue your water supply may have, we have a wide array of Water-Right that can help with water conditioning as well as whole-home or point-of-use water filtration.
Additionally, we also carry their ultraviolet and cartridge filters.
Our water treatment experts will help determine what your water problems are and come up with the right equipment to solve them.
We also offer affordable Comfort Plans to protect your water treatment system with regular maintenance as well as coverage for many parts and labor costs for repairs. Our maintenance includes a 12-point service that includes water quality testing, replacing the filter cartridge, and a complete, thorough inspection of your water treatment system.
Hard water is a term used to describe water that is high in calcium carbonate, magnesium, and other dissolved minerals. There are different levels of hardness in water that can be determined by testing your water. The most common figures used are grains per gallon (gpg) or parts per million. Generally, any water with levels over 7 gpg or 120 ppm is considered hard. Water with levels above 10.5 gpg or 180 ppm is considered very hard water.
Hard water can create a host of problems in your home and in your plumbing. These are some issues that hard water can cause.
Skin problems. Using hard water for bathing can do a number on your skin. Residue from soap is frequently left on your skin as hard water doesn’t allow it to fully rinse off. This leaves your skin feeling dry and tight. If you or someone in your family has eczema, then using hard water will only aggravate those symptoms.
Hair problems. Hard water can also damage your hair. First, it can be very drying, which is a problem for color-treated or already dry hair and scalps. As with soap on your skin, hard water doesn’t allow shampoo and conditioner to fully rinse off, leaving your scalp irritated and your hair weighed down and feeling gummy or sticky.
Laundry problems. Since hard water can’t remove stains or odors from your clothing effectively and doesn’t rinse cleanly, fabric is constantly being coated with more and more minerals. Therefore, your clothing never gets clean and looks worse each time you wash it.
Cleaning problems. Chalky calcium deposits, often called limescale, and soap scum build up in your showers, tubs, and sinks. Limescale can also build up in shower heads, coffeemakers, and tea kettles. Toilets can develop rust-colored stains. Spots build up on glasses, dishes, and flatware. All this necessitates more frequent and intensive cleaning.
Plumbing and appliance problems. Hard water can cause more wear and tear on water-using appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine. That increases the risk of damage and repairs while reducing their life expectancy. Hard water can also cause plumbing problems like reduced water flow, clogged pipes, and increased stress on pipes and fixtures.
Contact AFC for a FREE estimate on adding a water treatment system to your Central Maine home!