If you have hard water, you should
consider installing a
for your home. Hard water can have a
negative effect on your family and your belongings in many ways. If
you are in doubt of whether your home water is indeed hard, you
should look for several clues. Here are a few telltale signs that you
have hard water in the home and could benefit from a water softener.
If the water from your bathroom and
kitchen faucets is not flowing freely, or if your faucets seem to
have a low flow, hard water may be to blame. When water becomes hard
due to a buildup of calcium, magnesium, and other mineral deposits,
the pipes may become clogged. A clogged water pipe may result in a
low flow of water.
More than soap scum, hard-to-remove
scale or film is often due to hard water. Also, take a good look at
your faucets or fixtures. Do you notice a greenish limescale deposit?
This is most likely due to hard water. Finally, rust-colored stains
on your porcelain sinks and toilet bowl also indicate hard water.
Hard water often tastes metallic due to
the excessive amount of minerals. Iron in particular may make the
water taste metallic. If your water pipes have accumulated a large
degree of scale buildup due to hard water, you may notice a mud-like
or even moldy taste from the tap.
When you do the wash in hard water,
your clothes may be left with a soapy residue. Hard water doesn't
rinse your clothing effectively. As a result, your laundry may not
get as clean or may wear out more quickly. If you don’t have a
water softener, then be sure to follow laundering instructions for
Have you or your family members been
experiencing dry or itchy skin? If so, look to your water. Bathing or
washing in hard water may be irritating, especially to those with
sensitive skin. This irritation is due to the minerals in the water.
If you suffer from eczema or other skin issues, hard water may make
your symptoms worse.
Do you notice that everyone in your
household seems to have dull-looking hair? The minerals in hard water
may make it difficult for water to rinse completely from your hair.
When shampoos and conditioners are not thoroughly rinsed from the
hair, residue left behind can make hair limp, dull, or unclean.
While high blood pressure may be caused
by several health factors, some research shows a correlation between
drinking hard water and hypertension. Those who already have adequate
levels of iron and magnesium are more likely to be at risk. If high
blood pressure concerns you, talk to your doctor about the potential
benefits of adding a water softening system to your home.
Hard water can have a negative impact
on your household appliances, such as your washer, dishwasher, or
water heater. When minerals from the hard water accumulate on
appliances, the sediment may clog valves or cause other issues.
Appliances may wear down more quickly as well.
Now that you can see some of the
problems caused by hard water, you may want to have a water softener
system professionally installed in your home. Request a water
analysis today, and then ask your representative how you may benefit
from such a system.