One of the top reasons why homeowners install whole house water filtration and softening systems is because they have hard water in their home. If you have recently moved into your first home, you may find yourself wondering if you have hard water. While the water can be tested to determine this for sure, there are many other signs that will let you know whether or not you do. Here are three of the most common signs that you may have hard water in your home.
Water Spots Form on Your Dishes
One of the signs that you may notice if you have hard water is water spots forming on your dishes. Sometimes water spots form on your dishes simply because they didn't fully dry. But if you constantly see water spots on your dishes, and you have even hand dried them, you likely have hard water.
Your Laundry Looks Dull
Another sign that your new home has hard water is dull-looking laundry. If you have hard water, the minerals can build up on your clothing. This can dull the brightness and vibrancy of the fabric, which in turn makes your clothes look dull. This will happen no matter what setting you have your washing machine on or what soap you use, as the water is the problem. Washing your clothes in water that isn't hard should slowly help to remove the mineral build up and restore your clothes back to their full color.
You Notice Limescale and Soap Scum Build Up
The last sign that you may have hard water in your home is limescale and soap build up on or around your water appliances and fixtures. You may see limescale around your shower heads, bath faucets and sink faucets. And you may notice a large amount of soap scale in your sink, bathtub and shower doors. If you go to clean these items, you will notice the build up is hard to remove and comes back quickly.
If you notice any of these signs, it is likely you have hard water. If you don't want to test for this professionally, you can do a quick test at home. Fill a bottle with 10 ounces of water and then add a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Close the bottle and shake it. If the soap foams up well, you likely don't have hard water. If it doesn't, you likely do and should consider a home filtration system.
Contact a service, like AquaTec Water Conditioning, for more help.Share
11 October 2017
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