1. Plumbing Costs
The magnesium and calcium you see building up around your faucets and on your showerhead is a visible example of what is taking place inside of your plumbing pipes. These same minerals can cause buildups to occur that can eventually block your pipes.
2. Appliance Costs
Have you noticed lime scale in and around your ice maker or around your washing machine lines? Have you noticed discoloration inside your washing machine or dishwasher?
Unfortunately, any of your appliances that use water are at risk of mineral buildup and failure when you have hard water. Even small appliances are at risk. These include your coffee pots, electric irons, and more.
3. Energy Costs
A thin layer of scale buildup that is no more than 1/16th of an inch can cause your appliance to use up to 10 percent more energy. One of the components of your home that buildup affects the most is your hot water heater.
4. Personal Care and Cleaning Costs
If you have been dealing with hard water for any period of time, you know that it affects how much later you are able to get out of your soap, shampoo, and dishwashing detergent. This leads to you having to use more product to get the results you are looking for, which results in you purchasing these products more often.
Hard water can also result in your hair looking dull and feeling dry and brittle. The hard water affects the surface of your hair shaft and can make your hair more easily tangled. This can often result in you using more of or additional products to manage your hair.
The mineral buildup on your skin can also cause your skin to feel drier, which will often result in you using more moisturizers, oils, or lotions. Drier skin may result in a flair of eczema or other types of skin related conditions. This can lead to increased use of medications or dermatology visits.