Water quality will vary from state to state and even city to city. When discussing water quality, the hardness level is generally the topic discussed. Water hardness is a way to measure the mineral and metal content that is found in your water source. The hardness of your water can affect many things around your home. An optional investment that can help offset some of the less than desirable side effects of hard water is a water softener. If you are curious to know if a water softener can benefit your home, here are some signs to look for that will tell you if your water is too hard.
One of the main tip-offs that you have hard water is that you are left with stains in your sink, tub, and toilet. The dissolved minerals create this scaly, ugly buildup that is generally difficult to remove.
Another side effect of hard water is dull or dry skin and hair. The minerals can strip hair of shine and softness and can prevent soap from dissolving properly in water. Resulting in a left-over film that can clog pores or cause skin to feel itchy.
As was touched on, because soap cannot dissolve properly in hard water, soap residue is left behind. In terms of laundry, this can leave your clothes looking faded or even smelling sour. Also due to the hard minerals, clothes can even become worn down much too soon.
Another sign of hard water is scale buildup. Scale or limescale is the buildup of minerals present in hard water. You can notice these leftover minerals building up on faucets, shower heads, tea pots, or worse, inside your appliances. If scale builds up inside of the dishwasher or washing machine it can ultimately result in costly repairs.
As you can see, hard water can cause a lot of issues if left untreated. If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, getting a water softener installed will help to preserve the life of your appliances, fixtures, clothes, and more.
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By Ripple Creek Homes 12-23-2020