Dim lights. Flickering candles. Soft music. A good book. Peace and quiet. Read in the Bathtub Day, February 9th, is just around the corner and is the perfect time to plan a relaxing, guilt-free night to yourself and let the water do the healing. We all need some time away from the hectic schedules and lives we lead. Without the pressures of work, family, or school, a long bath can be just what the doctor ordered… unless you have hard water. Almost 85% of homes deal with the problems hard water creates and in this case, you may feel worse after your long, hot bath than beforehand, or at least disappointed with the soap scummy bathtub.
Hard water is a problem for many homeowners because of the nuisances and hard-to-deal-with issues it brings. It is usually defined as water which contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium minerals or ions. Measurements of hardness are given in terms of the “calcium carbonate equivalent, which is an expression of the concentration of hardness ions in water in terms of their equivalent value of calcium carbonate.” Water is considered to be hard if it has a hardness of 100 mg/L or more as calcium carbonate. Hard water makes soap precipitate out of water and form a scum, such as the ring which forms around bathtubs. In addition to being unsightly, the reaction of hard water with soap results in excessive use of soaps and detergents. Hard water may also cause taste problems in drinking water, cause discoloration, and may shorten the life of fabrics washed in hard water and even the appliances themselves due to buildup in pipes.
With all of these worries that hard water brings, it is hard to imagine how someone could enjoy bathing in it after all. Hard water leaves skin feeling itchy and dry. In fact, people suffering from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis especially report much nicer skin. According to experts, dry, scaly skin is one of the most common effects of hard water. Since hard water makes it more difficult to rinse soaps and shampoos from the skin’s surface, the skin may become quite irritated. To prevent the effects of hard water on skin, people should limit their exposure to hard water and use a natural soap on their bodies. For those with sensitive skin when the water comes in contact with a person’s skin, a small portion of the minerals are left behind. These deposits can absorb the moisture and natural oils from the skin. Dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis sufferers, for instance, often experience more dryness and irritation after being exposed to hard water.
So how can we avoid contact with hard water, particularly to not bathe or shower in it? Our PE Tank Service is an easy and affordable solution for households who require soft water. With this service, one of our technicians will deliver a fresh Soft Water Exchange Tank to your home and exchange it regularly depending on the demands of your household. The old tank gets regenerated at the plant while we do all of the work. It doesn’t get much more relaxing that, right? So this Read in the Bathtub Day, grab a good book and think about how much better you (and your bathtub!) will look and feel with soft water.