You turn the faucet on and water comes out cold and clear...but does that really mean it’s clean and healthy? Hard water has become a growing concern over the past few years, with more and more people realizing that their water is more contaminated than it appears.
What is “Hard Water?”
Don’t let the word “hard” fool you, hard and soft water both look and feel the same. The difference between them is that hard water has excess levels of calcium and magnesium. Not only does hard water tend to taste worse than soft water, but it can also damage your pipes, washing machine, and dishwasher.
If you notice any of the below, it may be time to invest in a water softener:
1. Your silverware has “spots.”
Mineral deposits can leave milky white spots on everything from your plates and forks to your coffee pot.
2. Poor water pressure.
If all those mineral deposits are being left on your silverware, we can only imagine what’s going on in your pipes. Over time, mineral build-up can clog your pipes and affect your water pressure.
3. Dry skin and hair.
Because these minerals don’t dissolve, they’ll sit on your skin and leave it feeling dry and rough. All that calcium and magnesium will eventually take a toll on your hair and skin, no matter how much soap or shampoo you use.
4. Your clothes are fading.
If after one or two trips to the wash your brand new shirt is already starting to fade or pill, it may not be the designer’s fault. Hard water strips clothes of their color and texture. Instead of stocking up on fabric softener, consider a water softener.
5. Your water bill suddenly and unexpectedly skyrocketed.
If mineral deposits are causing your pipes to work harder to allow water to flow through, your water bill may take a hit. If your water usage hasn’t changed but you notice a rise in your bill, you may have several mineral deposits sitting in your pipes.
One way to quickly and decisively determine if you have hard or soft water is by contacting your utility company. They can tell you where your home’s water falls on the scale of soft to hard water.
Looking to install a water softener or fix your existing one? Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central PA today!
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