Having hard water is a problem that some homeowners are not even aware of, with all water coming out of a faucet looking the same. Unfortunately, hard water can cause several problems in your home. By understanding what hard water is and what those signs are, you can identify if you need a plumber to install special equipment to make your water softer.
What Causes Hard Water?
Hard water occurs when minerals from underground leech into water and absorb into it. The water then gets directed into your house, either through a well or city plumbing system, where you use it in every single faucet that you have.
The minerals that cause hard water are iron, limestone magnesium, calcium sulfate, and calcium carbonate. All of them contribute to damaging appliances and fixtures in your home that use water.
Sign #1: Dishes That Never Look Completely Clean
Washing dishes using a dishwasher or by hand will show the effects of hard water. It's common to see those minerals on the surface, which are especially noticeable on glass. The surfaces will also look spotty or foggy, and sometimes have a powder coating on them. While hard water does not damage dishes from being usable, it creates a film that does not allow them to sparkle when they are clean.
Sign #2: Plumbing Issues
Your home's residential plumbing fixtures will have hard water pass through them every time you turn them on. For fixtures like a showerhead, it will cause them to become clogged or develop a build up of lime scale. This can eventually happen in your pipes, which will cause blockages that can lead to ruptured pipes.
Sign #3: Difficulty Bathing
You'll encounter two problems while bathing with hard water. The first problem is that the water will leave a film on your skin that can clog your pores and cause your skin to be dry and itchy. The second problem is that you'll notice that it's difficult to rinse the soap off your body. This is because the water is already saturated with those minerals that cause hard water, so it makes it difficult for the soap to be carried off your body by rinsing with water.
Thankfully, all of these problems can be solved by installing a water softening system in your home. A local plumber can help you select an appropriate water softener and handle the installation at the same time.