Can Hard Water Damage Your Hair and Skin?

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Many homes across the country have what’s considered to be hard water. Hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium that can cause many problems like leaving soap stains on dishes or in sinks. Although it isn’t harmful to your overall health, hard water can have a negative impact on your hair and skin.

Hard water makes it difficult to thoroughly rinse your hair, which can cause a buildup and leave residue behind. This can create a dandruff-like condition. Hard water can make your hair feel filmy and dull and also make your scalp itch and feel dry. It’s also more difficult to style your hair because your hair feels less pliable.

Washing your hair with hard water can also make it difficult to achieve the look you want and produce a dullness or straw-like look. No matter how many times you wash your hair with hard water it will produce the same results. One thing that may help is a pre-shampoo treatment, but you’d be better off solving the cause of the problem in the first place. If you dye your hair, it may wash out faster by using hard water. Hair can also become thinner and break easier.

Hard water can not only negatively impact your hair; it can also cause problems with your skin. The #1 symptom of hard water you’ll likely experience is skin dryness. Hard water makes it difficult to rinse off soap from your skin. If you have conditions like eczema or psoriasis or even sensitive skin, hard water can aggravate them even more. Hard water can even absorb natural oils and moisture from your skin.

Hard water can be easily remedied with a water softening system. Improve the look and feel of your skin and hair and get rid of those bathtubs rings and spots on dishes, silverware, and fixtures once and for all. Contact Schultz Soft Water today at 320-251-4100.

The Science Behind Hard Water

Hard WaterWe all know how important water is in our everyday lives, but many of us aren’t exactly sure what hard water is and how water softeners work. If you’ve ever been camping you know how important it is to find a fresh water source, but you also know that you can’t just drink straight from the source without treating the water. The same holds true with the water in your home. You may be able to drink or use the water untreated, but chances are you’ll be much better off using a water softener of some kind.

Groundwater attracts bits of whatever substances it passes through. While most of those are naturally occurring minerals, they aren’t all safe to drink and substances like calcium and magnesium make water hard. The phrase “hard water” is one that almost everyone has heard, but many people can’t put their finger on what it means and how it affects our daily lives.

Hard water causes soaps and detergents to lose some of their effectiveness. That means you’ll end up using more soap and your hair can appear dull and lifeless even after you wash it. Hard water can also negatively impact your clothes if you use a washing machine. Hard water leads to insoluble soap deposits which means everything from your dishes to your car can have soap spots and they will also build up in your shower or bathtub. Hard water can also wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system and water heaters.

The way to get rid of hard water is by using a water softener, which gets rid of calcium and magnesium. Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to trade those unwanted minerals for another substance which is often sodium. To learn more about how water softeners work or to schedule a free water analysis, contact Schultz Soft Water at 320-251-4100.

Five Reasons to Install a Water Filtration System in Your Home

Home Filtration SystemOne of the most important things your home can have is clean water. Water is used for drinking, cooking, bathing, and many other important tasks you perform every day. If your health isn’t enough, there are plenty of other reasons why your home needs a water filtration system.

Safer Drinking Water

You may think that drinking water is safe if it comes from a water treatment plant, but the truth is that these plants use chemicals to treat the water. That means even though they remove unhealthy chemicals, they’re adding in other unnatural elements to the water that you drink. Filtered water can get rid of 2,100 known toxins and give you peace of mind knowing that you’re being hydrated without the negative aspects of drinking water.

Doing Your Part

Americans purchase about 50 billion plastic water bottles per year. While some of them are recyclable, the majority end up in landfills where it takes them about 450 years to fully disintegrate. Filtered water eliminates the need to purchase plastic water bottles. You can still take your water on the go with a reusable water bottle.

Saving Money

Not only does buying bottled water pollute the environment, it also costs you money. A family of four who drinks three water bottles per person per day can save at least $700 each year by installing a water filtration system in their home.

Improving Taste

If you’re drinking tap water you’ve probably noticed an unpleasant taste and smell. That’s because that water likely contains elements like chlorine, lead, and bacteria. Even if you’ve gotten used to that bad taste and smell, you’ll surely notice a big improvement when switching to a water filtration system.

Removing Soap Scum

Tap water contains chemicals that leave deposits on clothing. Not only can this cause your clothes to smell, it can also increase rashes and allergic reactions. Unfiltered water can also cause soap scum to build up on your dishes.

Contact Schultz Soft Water today at 320-251-4100 to learn more about having a water filtration system installed in your home.

Why You Should Be Drinking Water First Thing in The Morning

Woman Drinking WaterAlmost everyone has their morning routine. Routines are an effective way of getting through necessary tasks to start your day, but many Americans may be drinking the wrong beverage. Many of us are guilty of reaching for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but studies show that a better choice for you may be a glass of water.

You may be thinking that there’s no way you can give up on your coffee, and the good news is you probably don’t have to. You can switch over to coffee mid-morning if you still need the caffeine, but water can get your systems up and running properly so you are more awake and aware. A glass of water first thing in the morning can help jumpstart your system and replenish it for the day. Hydration is important for many reasons and provides benefits for your digestion as well as metabolism.

Since your body is about 60% water you’ll need to replenish your supply in the morning since you haven’t had anything to drink for several hours. It’s actually recommended that you drink a couple of glasses of water in the morning, but at least one can still make a difference. Our bodies wake up slightly dehydrated, so this is an easy fix. It also gives you a good head start on drinking enough water throughout the day. If you need something with a little bit of flavor to it in the morning you can try adding a lemon slice to your water.

If you can resist drinking coffee for an hour or two in the morning, give this recommendation a shot. You’ll likely find the benefits are certainly worth it and you’ll be properly hydrated, so all your body’s systems are fully functioning. To learn more about the benefits of soft water, contact us today at 320-251-4100.

Common Problems with Minnesota Water

Water ProblemsMany states have problems with their water quality, and unfortunately, Minnesota is no different. Minnesotans have been aware of these issues for quite some time and even passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. There seem to be plenty of state agencies trying to solve our water problems, but it’s hard to tell if things are actually getting any better. More recently, the Clean Water Roadmap was put in place, but that is only supposed to clean up about 8% of Minnesota’s lakes during a 20-year period. Even though we are more than 1,000 miles from the nearest ocean, salty water has become a problem in our state. Not only does that water impact fish and other marine life, it also impacts groundwater used for drinking.

Chloride presents huge problems because just one teaspoon can permanently pollute five gallons of water, and there isn’t an easy way to remove it from the water. During the extremely cold winters in Minnesota, the salt we use on snow and ice ends up getting into our lakes, streams, and groundwater. That’s why there is a recent push to use sand and other alternate products for de-icing purposes.

There are also high levels of mercury in northern Minnesota. This chemical affects neurological development in infants, and in that region, one out of 10 babies are born with unhealthy amounts of mercury. Southern Minnesota also has issues including high nitrate levels which can cause blue baby syndrome and other serious conditions.

With all these problems with Minnesota water, it can be scary thinking about how drinking that water can negatively impact the health of you and your family. Other common water problems include hard water, cloudy water, a chlorine taste or smell, and more. To help solve your home’s water problems, contact Schultz Soft Water at 320-251-4100 or visit our website for more information.

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