6 Signs You Have Hard Water
Believe it or not, you can fix mineral build-up on faucets, ugly stains in your tub, or dull clothing and itchy skin. But first, you need to determine the cause. Here are 6 signs that hard water is the culprit.
1. Mineral build up around water fixtures
Not only is mineral build-up around water fixtures and faucets ugly, it can restrict the flow of water. Where do these minerals come from? Believe it or not, the water flowing through your fixtures is not just water. It contains minerals that deposit on the fixtures as water passes through. Over time, these minerals build up, leaving those ugly marks and making these faucets and fixtures difficult to use.
2. Soap scum on bathtub, curtain or doors
This is more than just an eye sore. It’s a sign of hard water. The minerals in hard water mix with soap in your shower, leaving that filmy white soap scum residue. Cleaning soap scum is a temporary fix. But if you don’t fix the source of the problem, that soap scum will return.
3. Water heater elements fail and short heater life
There is nothing worse than turning on the shower to find that you have no hot water. Did you know that water heater elements can fail because of hard water build up? It’s true! Just like your faucets and fixtures, hard water minerals can build up on the heating element inside your water heater. Eventually, the minerals will make it impossible for the element to function.
4. Dry itchy skin
Sure, many people experience dry skin in the winter. We are indoors more with our heaters running; it makes sense. But it is also possible that those minerals in your hard water leave a detergent and mineral residue on clothes that can really irritate your skin! A water softener can improve the condition of your water and your skin.
5. Dull scratchy clothing
Have you noticed that your clothing tends to age quickly? Don’t let hard water ruin your clothing. A water softener can prolong the life of your clothes. Their colors will remain true longer, and they will feel soft and cozy rather than hard and scratchy.
6. Spots on dishes, flatware and glasses
Are there spots on your dishes, flatware, and drinking glasses? If so, you could have hard water. The white spots you see are much like the soap scum spots you see in your shower. The minerals in the water mix with the detergent used to clean your dishes. The minerals stick to the items inside the dishwasher, leaving you with less-than-perfectly clean dishes for your next dinner party.