Water is sometimes called “hard” because it has a high mineral content when compared with ordinary or “soft” water. There are some things that you should know about hard water – first of all, it is not considered to be dangerous. In fact, hard water contributes to nutritional requirements for many people, although it doesn’t always taste good. Inspectors should be familiar with hard water because it can also cause plumbing fixtures and pipes to clog up and fail prematurely and reduce the overall efficiency of the plumbing system. It also has the potential to make household chores such as dish washing, clothes washing and bathing more cumbersome. To find out more about hard water effects and ways to soften it, check out our new article on hard water.