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5 Signs That You Have Hard Water

Hard water is a common problem in many households, when the water in your pipes contains excessive minerals. Hard water can create problems for your plumbing and even for your skin and hair, so it's important to determine if you do in fact have hard water. If you notice a combination of the following five signs of hard water it's time to look into a water softening and filtration system:

Defective Plumbing

If you've started to experience unexplained plumbing problems, such as slow drains or backed up pipes, you may have a hard water problem. Over time, hard water leaves mineral deposits inside your pipes. As these build up it gets more and more difficult for your plumbing system to work efficiently since the water has to get past all of the mineral deposit buildup. The mineral deposits can corrode your plumbing system over time, so you definitely need to take action as soon as you realize you have hard water.

Soap Scum Residue

A white, cloudy film that lingers on shower tiles and shower curtains is often referred to as soap scum. Soap scum is often a result of hard water. Once you install a water softening system, you will find that you no longer need to clean unsightly soap scum on a regular basis.

Irritated Skin

While there are many potential culprits to dry, itchy, irritated skin, hard water can certainly contribute. Skin becomes irritated when exposed repeatedly to the harsh minerals found in hard water. In addition to irritated and lackluster skin, you will also probably notice that your hair never quite gets clean, since the mineral deposits coat your hair with a film. Once you soften your water, you will probably notice healthier skin and hair.

Scratchy Clothes

Your clothes should come out of the laundry soft and comfortable. If instead your clothes seem scratchy and stiff, and the colors seem to fade very quickly, you probably have hard water. The hard water used in your washing machine leaves residue on your clothes and starts to ruin them over time. With soft water, you may find that your clothes stay newer longer.

Spotty Glasses

If your glasses come out of the dishwasher covered in spots, don't blame your dishwasher detergent. Mineral deposits from hard water coat your dishes, leaving your glasses spotty instead of sparkling clean.

Hard water can definitely cause problems, but luckily it's easily treatable by investing in a water softening and filtration system for your home.

For water softening equipment, contact a company such as Aspen Waterwise, Ltd.