Hard water is the presence of high levels of calcium and magnesium in the water. This issue is not only irritating to people; but expensive since unprotected homes replace appliances like dishwashers and water heaters more often than those with soft water.
Here are some signs to look for in your home:
1. Inspect your faucets and shower heads.
- Look at faucets throughout the house for white, crusty build-up or brown, rust stains.
- Unscrew the kitchen faucet to look for chunks of minerals in the screen.
- Are there white spots on the faucets?
2. Look inside the dishwasher and check your water heater.
- Is the heating element (the black coil on the bottom) encrusted with white or off-white minerals? Does it feel smooth and look black or is it corroded and eaten away?
- Is your glassware etched, cloudy, or spotted? Minerals act like sandpaper on glasses and dishes.
- If you are replacing your water heater every 3-5 years, the culprit is probably hard water.
3. Pay attention to your laundry.
- Do your whites come out nice and white or are they dingy? Do the colors fade easily? Do you use a full cap of laundry detergent for each load?
- How much lint are you getting in your lint trap? The more the lint, the harder the water. Minerals act like microscopic razor blades that shave away at the fabric. When the clothes go into the dryer, all that loosened fabric gets caught up in the lint trap.
4. Look inside the shower.
- Is there soap scum build-up in the bathtub or shower? Are you spending extra time scrubbing the soap scum or using harsh chemicals to eliminate the scum?
5. Is your skin dry or hair damaged?
- Hard water is the leading cause of dry, itchy skin–not cold, dry winter air.
- Do you use extra body lotion or conditioner each day?
If any of these sound familiar, it is time to reach out to a professional company like ClearView Water to talk about some options for you and your home.