What exactly is hard water?
Minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, lead and iron, can be added to your water as it travels through the ground, and if your water has a higher than average amount of minerals in it, it is considered to be hard water. Many factors can contribute to the level of hardness in your water, but one of the most important is your geographical location.
How can you tell if you have hard water?
The most obvious indicator of hard water is a build up of white powdery substances on bathtubs, shower heads, faucets, etc. There are also water testing kits that you can purchase online. If you use city water, another option would be for you to call your municipality, and ask about the level of hardness in your water.
Is hard water harmful?
Hard water can come in many degrees, and the “harder” your water is, the more harmful it could be. However, don’t be fooled, even a small degree of hardness could have adverse effects on your plumbing. That is because hard water can leave a buildup of lime scale on the inside of your pipes, which could eventually clog them. Hard water also can’t rinse the soap very well, which could leave you with soap residue on your skin and in your hair.
What can be done about hard water?
Here at Culler Plumbing Services, our plumbers can install a water softener that will remove many of those minerals that could be causing you trouble. Water softeners contain resin beads in their tanks. These resin beads attract and hold minerals as the water passes through them, which allows you to enjoy soft, safe water once again. Want to learn more about water softeners? If so, contact us today!