Most municipal water supplies today, including ours, have a hefty level of filtration and conditioning before the water reaches your faucets. And if you’re using a private well to access ground water, you very likely have your own water treatment system on site. But something that can be missing in either of these scenarios is anything to protect against hard water.
Hard water is the name given to water with a high concentration of minerals in it—namely calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless for humans and pets to ingest, however they could be having a negative impact on your quality of life, plus hard water can damage your plumbing system.
Tackling hard water is as easy as having a water softener system professionally installed and serviced. Keep reading to learn about signs that you need such a system.
Soap Scum is Coating Your Bathtub
This doesn’t mean you’re doing a bad job at keeping your bathroom clean. Soap scum can actually build up a lot more quickly than you may realize, particularly when hard water is involved. The minerals prevent soap from dissolving as easily as it normally would.
Water Spots Appear on Glasses after a Load of Dishes
Water spots that appear on glassware after you do the dishes can do so due to the minerals in your water supply. These water spots are harmless, but unsightly, and can also indicate that your dishwasher is slowly accumulating damage from the same hard water molecules that jam pipes and cost homeowners thousands in repair costs.
You Notice White or Yellow Residue around Sinks and Drains
The problem with this is that the same type of buildup you see on the outside of your faucets and drains is happening inside your pipes as well. What’s occurring is that the minerals are restricting the volume inside the pipes, and will eventually reduce the water pressure and require a replacement of your faucets and pipes.
Your Hair and Skin Don’t Feel Right After Showering
Have you ever stepped out of the shower after washing your hair to discover it feels slimy? After you dry it, it may feel brittle and frizzy. Your skin may also feel dry, and you could have a residue left behind on you. Before you throw out your shampoo and soap, remember that those may not be the problem at all—it can be due to hard water.
Your Showerhead Clogs Up Quickly
Over an extended period of time, mineral buildup can restrict water from easily flowing through your pipes, and thus may keep water from flowing through your showerheads. Typically, you can easily take apart your showerhead to clean it out—however, not only is this a hassle but it’s not resolving the bigger problem at hand.
Your Clothes Don’t Seem Clean or Fade Quickly
The same way soap scum builds up in your bathtub, it can fail to dissolve completely in your washing machine, preventing your clothes and other washables from rinsing off, and causing them to fade a lot more quickly than they would have otherwise.