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Old Bathroom Sink Faucet contaminated with calcium and grime. Hard water flows from an old tap aerator.

The Effects of Hard Water on Your Health and Home

Savannah, Georgia relies on the Savannah River and the Floridan Aquifer for clean water. As water flows through the ground and tributaries to these waterways, it picks up minerals like magnesium and calcium. The more mineral ions that travel in the water, the harder it will be. Hard water is safe to drink, but over time, it can damage your plumbing and leave unsightly water spots. Addressing hard water issues with a water-softening solution will prevent these common household problems.


You probably have noticed water spots around your plumbing fixtures. When water droplets land on a faucet and dry, they leave behind a thin mineral layer. Glass shower doors are also prone to these unsightly marks. They do not scrape off easily, and it may take a mild acid like vinegar to remove them completely.

Blocked Sprayers and Showerheads

If you shower with hard water every day, you will start to notice some issues with the performance of your showerhead. With each shower, minerals coat the holes and thicken. Water streams will begin shooting in odd directions as the mineral blockage disrupts the flow. Eventually, some holes will become completely blocked, leading to a less-than-satisfying morning shower.

Clogged Pipes

Hard water interacts differently with soaps and detergents than softened water does. Manufacturers formulate soaps to generate a lather that traps oils. In hard water, detergents take a more solid form known as soap scum.

Lumps of this substance can get trapped in your pipes and block the water flow. As more hard water flows past, the scum will harden and mineralize. These solid blockages can grow and trap toilet paper and food waste, leading to frequent clogs. If you are dealing with clogs, drain cleaning and hydro jetting services from Thompson and Thompson will get things flowing as they should.

Lower Efficiency From Appliances

The hard water reaction to soaps and detergents will also affect your cleaning appliances. You may find that you need to use more soap or to run dishes through multiple cycles for the desired level of cleanliness. In this case, hard water will increase your shopping budget and utility costs.

Dry Skin and Hair

If you clean your body with hard water, you will notice how difficult it is to make a good lather with your soap. You want soap and shampoo to form suds for a clean rinse. Hard water can leave soap residue on your body, resulting in dry skin and dry, flat hair.

Hard Water Plumbing Solutions

At Thompson and Thompson, we are dedicated to providing the best plumbing services in the Savannah area. We can install water-softening solutions that will prevent limescale and soap scum. While softened water is best for surfaces, hard water is better for drinking, and our team can provide a bypass system for your drinking water. If you want to avoid the consequences of hard water on your home, contact Thompson and Thompson today.