Hard Water in Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo

First let’s explain what ‘hard water’ is. No, it’s not frozen water. If water is made simply of Hydrogen and Oxygen molecules, where is the ‘hardness’ component, you may wonder? It’s in the fact that there are more things in water than meets the eye.

In the Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo region, there are minerals suspended in our water that we cannot easily see until it ‘falls’ out. This happens when the hard water dries on a surface or leaches our from our ice cubes. The water that makes it to our taps and showers first percolates through stone (limestone mostly) where it gradually picks up and accumulates minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium. There is research that shows an increased level of bacteria with a hard water buildup.

The amounts and sizes of these minerals are relatively small. We’ll only notice it when water repeatedly dries on our plumbing fixtures – creating a difficult-to-remove hard crust.

Toilets sometimes may appear to be getting rust spots in the bowl – this could be due to the fact that rust is actually coming from older pipes.

Cleaning hard water stains and buildup can often be a strenuous exercise. They won’t remove easily and you may damage metal fixtures or porcelain if you use abrasive tools. Be careful!

At Gowing Brothers Plumbing, we don’t recommend using harsh chemicals to remove hard water stains. Use vinegar, it’s better for the environment, but it will be a slower process. Let things (toilet bowls) soak before attempting to clean. Mist metal regularly and wipe with a soft cloth.

To avoid the effects of hard water and potential health hazards, we recommend using a water softener for both commercial and residential buildings in the K-W region. These ingenious devices filter water coming into your home and remove calcium, iron and magnesium BEFORE it gets delivered to your faucets, showers and toilets. We sell and install water softeners and will be discussing how they work in future articles.

If you’re ready to learn more about how to save your cleaning time and plumbing replacement costs, give us a call at Gowing Brothers Plumbing — or send us an email. We’d be happy to show you the available options.

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