You may have heard the term “hard water”. What does that mean? Clean Earth Restorations explains, and talks about San Diego flood restoration and how it relates.
What is hard water?
Hard water is the term used to describe water with high levels of mineral content, specifically calcium and magnesium-containging minerals.
Does San Diego have hard water?
Yes, San Diego has a relatively high level of mineral content, averaging at about 263 parts per million (ppm) but can range, depending on where you live in San Diego County, from 229ppm to 325ppm.
Why does San Diego have hard water?
The City of San Diego imports on average 85% of its water from other areas of the West. As the water traverses rock and soil, it picks up minerals. In addition, as the City of San Diego 2013 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report explains, part of San Diego’s water comes from the Colorado River which “winds through thousands of miles of unprotected watershed containing towns, farms, old mining sites and industrial sites.”
How does hard water affect our daily lives in San Diego?
Hard water, at the very least, is a nuisance to every day life. The most common complaint about hard water is its effect on soaps and detergents. To put it in a simply, soap products and the minerals bond together to form a sticky film, and reduce the effectivness of the products — whether it be for showering, laundering or cleaning the home.
Another unfortunate characteristic of hard water is that when heated (ie in your water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine) it forms a scale that can make your machines work less efficiently, reduce water flow, and ultimately cause a breakage and a home flood.
We often provide flood remediation for customers who have this kind of problem. In many cases they were unaware of the necessity to provide regular descaling maintenance for their appliances or the affects of hard water.
For further information about San Diego’s hardwater, visit the County’s Water Hardness webpage.
At Clean Earth Restorations we provide flood restoration to all of San Diego County as well as licensed general contracting to repair or replace damaged materials in homes and businesses. We gladly provide free estimates for all of your restoration needs.