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Has anyone here ever dealt with hard water?
|Date:|| Sun, 20-Jan-2013 4:48:18 PM PST |
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- our bathrooms are much harder to clean
- there is always a white residue in every sink throughout the house
- water spots have become a part of our dishes, windows and silvereware
- our Keurig machine broke after only a year's use
- my hair is now dull, thin and rough - and I swear a good 1/3 of it has fallen out in the past year
and possibly the worst:
- I have developed an extreme case of eczema on my legs that has reduced them to cracked, scaly and bleeding most of the time that breaks out every time I take a shower. Before, I had attributed this to possibly developing an allergy to shaving cream.
I never really connected any of these until about a week ago I stayed over at a friend's house, took a shower and noticed the difference. We had someone come over and test our water a couple days later, and sure enough it was labeled hard (10 out of 17 - not the worst).
Thing is, it's $2000 to get a good softener installed throughout the house. This seems like a good idea, because although the vain side of me wants my hair and body to look nice again, hard water throughout the house just seems like a bad idea.
So, this leads me to my question.
Am I better off just getting a shower head and continuing to use a drinking water filter or is the benefit of having the water throughout our house fixed enough to warrant $2 grand?
Hubby is having a problem with the cost - most likely because none of this is affecting him - and there's a possibility fixing it means no fun vacations this year.
Is it worth it and will it save us more trouble in the end? I have heard stories about pipes going bad and laundry machines breaking... I don't know how true they are or even if this really is the answer to the the eczema, hair problem, appliances breaking, etc.
ETA: I saw a dermatologist this week, and he swears this would have nothing to do with my skin/hair issues. But why does everything seem so different when I shower with soft water (i.e. friend's house, vacations)?
So has anyone does this and is it really worth it?
Before you commit to a water softening system, rent one. - Justathot - 21-Jan-2013 7:54 AM
- Thanks for posting, this is exactly what I've been looking for. EOM - LM - 21-Jan-2013 4:13 PM
- Thank you so much! I am checking out the site now! EOM - twistyfate - 21-Jan-2013 4:12 PM
Hard water doesn't cause atopic eczema....it doesn't - nightmoves - 20-Jan-2013 8:56 PM
- This is a lot of good info. Thank you! EOM - twistyfate - 21-Jan-2013 4:11 PM
We have hard water and have talked about getting a softenver for years. - LM - 20-Jan-2013 6:04 PM
Honestly, I think you just adapt to whatever you have... - Wahoo - 20-Jan-2013 6:11 PM
- I haaaaate soft water. Limp hair, oily skin. UGH UGH UGH. EOM - Kyline_PadacklesFF - 21-Jan-2013 6:17 AM
That's what I want to do - test it. - LM - 20-Jan-2013 8:04 PM
- Exactly how I feel! EOM - twistyfate - 21-Jan-2013 4:09 PM
That's how we are. When I go to a place with soft water, I have such bad hair! EOM - Glory - 20-Jan-2013 7:34 PM
- Like most hotels EOM - Sawyer - 20-Jan-2013 10:16 PM
- I would love to try before I buy... I wonder if that's possible? - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 6:15 PM
- Honestly, I think you just adapt to whatever you have... - Wahoo - 20-Jan-2013 6:11 PM
My mother has the opposite problem - Sawyer - 20-Jan-2013 5:46 PM
- Just wanted to add that I washed my hair with apple cider vinegar tonight - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 5:57 PM
- Yikes - I didn't even think that fixing this problem might cause another... - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 5:56 PM
Yes, I've had hard water all my life. I am so used to it that I hate - Glory - 20-Jan-2013 5:45 PM
Gosh - that's a good idea to try to cut down after each use by cleaning. - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 5:55 PM
My mom keeps a small squegee (sp) in their showers to get the water off quickly - ButterflyKissesRN - 20-Jan-2013 7:41 PM
- That's a good idea! EOM - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 8:00 PM
- It helps in the long run. It can be a pain in the short term! EOM - Glory - 20-Jan-2013 7:33 PM
- My mom keeps a small squegee (sp) in their showers to get the water off quickly - ButterflyKissesRN - 20-Jan-2013 7:41 PM
- Gosh - that's a good idea to try to cut down after each use by cleaning. - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 5:55 PM
Well, as a renter, I never had any say in the water issue, but... - Wahoo - 20-Jan-2013 5:42 PM
- Thank you! It helps to hear others say this b/c I can't tell if it's in my head EOM - twistyfate - 20-Jan-2013 5:54 PM
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