Many filters on the market can breed bacteria and need cleaned or replaced all together periodically, which may require a professional.
The best solutions hook into lines that can filter all the water entering your home or business supplying showers, washers, sinks, water heater, and even spickets outside.
Professional installation is required in most cases.
"Minerals that cause hard water have a wide impact on households. Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Clothes laundered in hard water may look dingy and feel harsh and scratchy. Dishes and glasses washed in hard water may become spotted as they dry. Hard water may cause a film on glass shower doors, shower walls, and bathtubs. Hair washed in hard water may feel sticky and look dull."
"water heaters using only hard water consumed more energy than those using only softened water."
"In a September 2010 draft human health assessment for chromium-6, EPA proposed to classify chromium-6 as likely to be carcinogenic to humans when ingested."
"People who use water containing total chromium in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) over many years could experience allergic dermatitis."
"Chromium-3 and chromium-6 occur naturally in the environment... Chromium-6 is also produced by industrial processes and manufacturing... At many locations, chromium compounds have been released to the environment via leakage, poor storage, or improper disposal practices. Chromium compounds are very persistent in water as sediments."
"Important fluctuations in water lead levels might be missed because of limitations inherent in sampling protocols developed for regulatory purposes."
"Water from systems that serve less than 25 persons AND water from private drinking water wells is not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, so LCR does not apply to these water sources, and they are not routinely tested for lead."
"...the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has determined that lead and lead compounds are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogen..."
"...lead remains a serious problem in school drinking water, it's far from the only one. The most frequently cited contaminant was coliform bacteria, followed by lead and copper, arsenic and nitrates."
"Lead is a more subtle problem, but a biggie... this toxic metal's ability to lower IQ now appears to be much greater when exposures occur in early school-age children than in toddlers. Early lead exposures can also reduce the tissue volume in areas of the brain that persist into adulthood. Which regions? Only those linked to judgment, impulsivity and mood."
"Hard water contains dissolved minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and silicon. These elements react with the ingredients in soaps and shampoos. The reaction creates byproducts that bind onto hair and creates a rough surface that prevents moisture from penetrating into the hair shaft."
"Hard water's mineral deposits on hair also attract and trap grease and dirt. This dulls tresses, kills their ability to retain curls and makes hair more tangle- and breakage-prone. In some cases, hard water buildup can even cause hair to develop unpleasant odors."
"Metro Water Services is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components"
"The Cumberland River Source is rated highly susceptible to potential contamination."
"If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.
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