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Hard Water FAQ

Residents of Kingston, New York know that even though city water is supposed to be filtered and purified, it often comes out of the tap with an unusual taste or a milky look due to the excess of minerals. To learn more about what hard water is and how it affects your home, keep reading our FAQ.

What is hard water?

Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals, including calcium and magnesium. Water absorbs these minerals as it passes through rocks and sediment on its way to your home. Hard water is prevalent among homeowners with wells, because they have less sophisticated treatment and purification systems, but it is not uncommon in households that rely on city water.

How do I know if I have hard water?

You might have hard water if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Dry skin and brittle hair

  • Soap scum and residue on appliances and dishes

  • Stiff and faded clothing

How does hard water affect my home?

Hard water has a number of adverse effects on your body and your home, none of them will cause sickness or death, but they can be a nuisance to deal with.

Hair and Skin

The minerals that are in hard water, calcium, and magnesium, make it harder for water and soap to form a solution; instead, it leaves behind a soap scum or residue. You might notice this residue on your appliances, but what you won’t notice is that this same residue builds up on your hair and skin. This residue can lead to breakouts, dry skin, acne, or eczema on your skin and dry and brittle hair.


You’ll likely notice hard water first on your plumbing fixtures and appliances. As we’ve said, hard water leaves behind a residue and soap scum that can build up on the fixtures and affect their functionality and output of water.

How do I eliminate hard water from my home?

If you’re tired of dealing with the annoyances of hard water in your home, then contact the water treatment experts at JSP Home Services for help! We understand the frustration of not being able to get your dishes clean or having uneven water pressure in the shower all because of hard water, and we have solutions to eliminate this problem from your life. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about your hard water solutions.


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