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How to Know If My House Has Hard Water
How to Know If My House Has Hard Water
October 12/2021

How to Know If My House Has Hard Water

Hard water, if you didn’t know, is water containing high amounts of mineral content. It is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone, chalk, or a mineral called gypsum. Hard water causes problems with residential water supplies since it isn’t the cleanest option. People seem to think the solution to hard water is installing water treatments into their homes, but that doesn’t fully treat the water and solve your hard water problem. If you are looking to learn more about hard water and if it’s in your home or not, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is here to answer all of your questions.

We don’t want to freak you out and make you think hard water is your enemy. Believe it or not, hard water isn’t bad for you to ingest – you actually need some of the minerals in your water to maintain proper health. But, you want to be careful that the levels of minerals in your hard water aren’t too high.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing wants you to be aware of the different signs you may notice that let you know if you have hard water in your home. Keep reading to find out what those signs are.

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water in My Home?

Determining if your home has hard water isn’t hard at all. There are some minor things you can do to find out what kind of water you have in your home. Here’s what those signs are…

  • White residue

The most common sign that you have hard water in your home is noticing a white, flakey substance on your faucets or showerheads. If you notice these things in your home, this most likely means that the mineral levels in your water are too high.

  • Water sprays from the showerhead

Are you noticing that you don’t have an even flow of water coming from your showerhead? If so, you have hard water in your home. Random spurts or sprays coming from a showerhead are a very clear sign that your water is hard and contains those minerals in it.

  • Soap lather

When you’re showing and trying to get your bar of soap to lather up, do you notice that isn’t really happening? That’s another telltale sign of hard water. The combination of the minerals in your water with your soap should be natural and easy, but hard water doesn’t mix well with soaps and other cleaning products.

  • Film on your surfaces

Don’t you hate when you spend hours cleaning the different surfaces of your home just to see a film over them when they dry down? That happens because your home has hard water. That film is the layer of soap you used – it won’t dissolve with hard water.

  • Different on skin and hair

The soap scum that comes with hard water will affect your hair and your skin. How so? The minerals in the water react differently to your hair products or body products, and they can potentially leave you with dry hair and itchy skin.

Are you looking for a trustworthy plumber to help you determine if your home has hard water? Did you just move into a home, and you are wondering if you have hard water? Not sure what kind of water you have in your home? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing today to learn more!