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Ways You Can Tell Your House Has Hard Water

Ways You Can Tell Your House Has Hard Water

Ways You Can Tell Your House Has Hard Water

Hard water contains high levels of dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, bicarbonates, and sulfates. While hard water is safe for drinking, it can cause itchy skin and dryness. It can also make your hair frizzy, fade clothes, accelerate corroding of plumbing pipes, and many other effects. The good thing is that hard water can be fixed. 
Many homeowners cannot tell if their home has hard water; hence they end up suffering the damaging effects of hard water. If you suspect that you could be having hard water in your home, call Drain Doctor to test your water and fix the problem.
Let’s look at the telltale signs you have hard water in your home.

Scale On Plumbing Fixtures

The most obvious sign of hard water in your home is scale buildup on bathroom fixtures, sinks, dishes, and faucets. It may start to form as a light white coating and turn into a thick white residue with time. Scale buildup can damage appliances such as dishwashers, ice makers, refrigerators, hot water heaters, and washing machines. If you notice scale buildup on your plumbing fixtures and appliances, contact a reliable plumber to perform hard water testing and provide you with solutions.   

Faded Clothes

Do your clothes look dull after every wash? That could be a sign of hard water in your home. The minerals in hard water attach to the fabric, leaving behind a residue that makes your clothes look dull. Some detergents may react with the minerals and damage your clothes.  

Clogged Pipes

Over time, the minerals present in hard water may get deposited inside your plumbing pipes, causing low water pressure and slow drains. If you’re always dealing with clogged pipes, you could be having hard water in your home.  

Dry Skin

Does your skin feel dry and itchy? Do you experience skin irritation after taking a shower? If so, you might have hard water. The minerals in hard water clog the pores, leading to dry, flaky and irritated skin. The residue that hard water leaves on your skin may also cause skin dryness. If you suffer from skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis, hard water can aggravate the conditions.   

Funny Taste

Hard water has a chemical taste due to the high amounts of dissolved minerals. If the water in your home tastes sour or smells metallic, it’s most likely to be hard water. 

Soap Scum 

The minerals present in hard water combine with soap to form an insoluble substance known as soap scum. This substance will accumulate on shower curtains, tiles, bathtub, kitchen sink, and other areas of your home.

Dry And Frizzy Hair 

When you wash your hair with hard water, it may not rinse out the lather completely hence leaving a residue that makes your hair look dull and frizzy. Besides, hard water may damage hair follicles leading to hair fall.  Have you noticed any of these signs in your home? If so, call Drain Doctor to help you install a whole house water filtration system to soften your water.