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What Every Homeowner Ought to Know About Hard Water in Southeast Minnesota Homes

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Hard Water in Southeast Minnesota Homes

I know what you’re thinking: “Hard water? Isn’t that called ice?”

Joking aside, hard water is a big problem in Southeast Minnesota. It increases your hot water bill, damages your water-using appliances (like dishwashers and washing machines), and doesn’t play nice with soap, leaving nasty soap scum rings in your bathtub.

We’ll explain what it is, where it comes from, and how you can soften it up in your Southeast Minnesota home.

What is hard water?

Hard water is defined as water that contains dissolved minerals, mostly calcium and magnesium. The degree of “hardness” increases as the level of calcium and magnesium increases.

What causes water to be hard?

Rainwater falls “soft” (without mineral salts). But as it falls into the ground and into our waterways, it picks up a variety of minerals.

How hard is Minnesota’s water?

As you can see from this map from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Minnesota has a high concentration of calcium carbonate (a key mineral in determining a water’s hardness)

  • Leaving nasty soap scum in your bathtub since hard water does not lather soap well
  • Reducing water flow in your faucets and showerheads because of limescale build-up
  • Drying out your skin and hair after you shower or take a bath
  • Wearing out your clothes more quickly
  • Leaving soap buildup on dishes cleaned in your dishwasher


The benefits of softer water include:

  • Cleaner, softer hair
  • Less soap scum after washing dishes
  • More sparkling dishes
  • Keeps water heater energy efficient
  • Prolongs the life of your washing machine, dishwasher and water heater

Tonna Mechanical proudly installs Hellenbrand water softeners in Rochester and Southeast Minnesota. Want to talk to an expert or find out how much a water softener will cost? Schedule a free estimate online.