Hard water is water that has a high mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. While it’s not considered dangerous to safety or health, it can create costly maintenance problems in the home.

The most effective way to solve hard water problems is by installing a water softener. Most operate by filtering the water through large salt tablets replacing the harsh minerals with sodium. Small units can be installed in cabinets below the kitchen or bathroom sinks.

To solve the hard water problem throughout the house, a larger more expensive unit must be installed to filter the water BEFORE it enters the home. These units are about the size of a water heater and can cost a few thousand dollars, but in the long run, it can eventually pay for itself with the savings in maintenance problems created by continual exposure to hard water.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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