Hard water is fairly common across the United States. Water has “hardness” when it has an abnormal amount of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in it. If you’ve ever wondered if you need a water softener, the answer is likely “yes”, but below are some surefire ways to tell that you could benefit from a water softener.
1. Scale buildup and mineral deposits on appliances
If you see white deposits or a chalky buildup on any pipes, fixtures, or appliances, you likely have a hard water problem. Scale buildup is unsightly and can lead to expensive repairs due to the strain hard water adds to your piping.
2. Dry or itchy skin
Extra minerals and salts in your water can irritate and dry out your skin—which can even lead to health concerns. Showering with hard water makes your scalp dry and can make your hair feel as though you haven’t gotten all the shampoo out of it. Softer water helps you feel cleaner and keeps your skin in healthier shape.
3. Faded fabrics
Hard water is tough of appliances and fixtures, which means it’s twice as tough on fabrics such as clothing and bedding. The extra minerals in the water prevent laundry detergent from mixing and leaves behind soap scum on your fabrics.
4. Plumbing repairs or a higher water bill
When you have hard water issues, your pipes are under additional stress they aren’t used to. A larger number of minerals passing through your pipes leads to buildups that can slow and eventually impede the flow of water to your appliances and through your home.
Hard water can affect every aspect of your life and can prevent you from living as comfortably as you could be. If you have hard water concerns, contact the technicians at Wilson Plumbing & Heating to learn more about how a water softener can improve the condition of your water and life.