We all know that hard water is annoying. But is hard water actually costing you money?
According to the US Geological Survey, the average American uses about 80-100 gallons of water each day by physical consumption, cleaning, flushing and bathing. Each month you pay for this water either by paying the county or paying for the power to run your well pump. This is only the beginning of your monthly cost for water.
Hard water affects everything it touches. For example:
- It leaves mineral buildup in your pipes, faucets, showerheads, dishes and fixtures causing a reduction in water pressure and clogs.
- The chemistry of hard water causes the efficiency of soaps and detergents to reduce by half. This causes you to use more soap and often hotter water temperatures to get the job done.
- Hard water prematurely ages your clothing. The minerals in the water are basically rocks pummeling the fabric. No amount of Woolite is going to help.
- Hard water reduced the lifespan of household appliances that use water up to 50%.
If you are like me, you may think that these effects are negligible. But let’s look and see how this adds up:
Hard water costs you, on average, an additional $1533 a year for just living. Now let’s see what it is doing to the life of your appliances:
In most cases, hard water is reducing the life of your appliances by half. Half. I don’t know about you, but that blows my mind.
So next time you are scraping all of those water spots off your shower door, just think about the alternative. With a whole-house water treatment system, there will be no more spots- and more money.