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Is hard water hard on me?
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J.A. Martin    Posted 01-25-2003 at 18:52:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we had a well dug last month 845 feet on a rocky Ozark ridge and the water is great but very hard, lots of instant deposits on silverware and pots and pans and I am prone to have kidney stones an I need to know if drinking lots of this well water will be bad for my kidneys.

Mike D.    Posted 01-26-2003 at 06:21:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello J.D.,
Don't know much about those kidney stones, but I do know that you'll want to install a dielectic coupling between your well's pressure tank and the copper plumbing. Mineral content in well water is the cheif source of copper pipe failure. The water gains an electrical charge as is is pumped up out of the well. The charge, in turn, corrodes the copper from the inside out. The dielectric coupling is a simple insulator that has a hard plastic or nylon collar. This collar functions as a break point for the conductivity in the copper. Just a thought...
Repalced a lot of pipe affected this way for customers and neighbors. Just a thought-

Sid    Posted 01-26-2003 at 05:36:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wife threw a piece of hard water at me one time while we hwere drinking iced tea it kinda hurt a little bit.. I fella I worked with asked his doctor the same question after he passed a kidney stone since he has hard water also. Dr told him that was not a problem so much as not drinking enough water to keep the system flushed. Dr told him he did not think it was needful to buy drinking water or put in a softener as he felt the minerals were helpful.

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-26-2003 at 02:21:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have such hard water, we have to use the neighbor's rural water for our coffeepot. We've lived here since 1976 and seem to be no worse for the wear. I have actually read that hard water is good for the heart. It just doesn't get your laundry as white and bright as one would like, and leaves deposits on fixtures that have to be gotten off. Well-water around here is so hard that it ruins water softeners in a very short time, so we continue to use ours "as is".

DeadCarp    Posted 01-25-2003 at 22:44:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends on what's in it. Our farm water had quite a bit of iron and calcium in it, (dad used to knock the crust outa the teakettles) but it tasted great & our family has always had good teeth. A body needs those things one way or another.

Dave    Posted 01-26-2003 at 05:34:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Our farm water had quite a bit of iron and calcium"

That reminds me...I went to school at a place called Culver Military Academy. They had some water fountains by the lake and the water had gobs of iron in it. It had a very heavy(?) taste. I've had had a lot of well water since then, but none that tasted like that. Seems like I remember them saying that it came from the lake.....sure hope it was filtered somehow...oh well, I don't guess it matters now :)

Dave    Posted 01-25-2003 at 20:58:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I don't know about the water, but if you're one of those folks that like vinegar on your up! I've heard from a fairly reliable source that vinegar will dissolve em.

TB    Posted 01-25-2003 at 19:06:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

Les    Posted 01-25-2003 at 19:03:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be. Better check with your doctor. I've had a couple of stones and they're no fun.

Cindi    Posted 01-26-2003 at 04:40:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les, I've heard that a man passing a kidney stone is relative to a woman giving birth. How bad was it?

Les...Well    Posted 01-26-2003 at 10:30:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never actually passed one. I can tell you that when they are moving down that little pipe from your kidney to your bladder, there isn't anything else on your mind at the time.
I have a hunch I'm growing at least one new one at this time. Just a hunch. You get better at recognizing the signs after the first couple of times. ":^(

Smedly********* A LOT WORSER !!!!!!!!!!    Posted 01-26-2003 at 06:02:03       [Reply]  [No Email]

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